07C ATMO 459-900 Panetta

07C ATMO 459-900 - ATMO 459 Tropical Meteorology Tentative Syllabus Instructor R L Panetta Office 1007A Oifice hrs M W F 2:30—4:30& by

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Unformatted text preview: ATMO 459 : Tropical Meteorology Tentative Syllabus Instructor: R. L. Panetta Office: 1007A Oifice hrs: M, W, F 2:30—4:30, (& by appointment) e-mail: panetta©ariel.tamu.edu This course is an introduction to tropical weather phenomena, and the role they appear to play in the general circulation of the atmosphere. During the course, students will be asked to work on a series of assignments that will be given almost weekly, assignments that may involve solving problems or writing short {1 page) summaries of material. Students will also be asked to choose a topic upon which to do a term paper. Consistent with this course being designated as ”writing intensive,” part of the grade given on any written assignment will be based on such basic writing elements as grammar, spelling, organization, and clear exposition. The lectures will be grouped into three sections. e r[topical Climatology (9 Lectures, Aug 28-Sept 25): Survey of the climatology of the climatology of the tropics, viewed in the context of the general circulation of the atmosphere; review of basic dynamic and thermodynamic relations; properties of the tropical boundary layer; cumulus dynamics and organization. 0 Tropical Cyclones (9 Lectures, Oct 2—Oct 30): Tropical cyclones — observations, dy- namics, and forecasting; the Madden—Julian Oscillation; monsoon circulations. 0 Large Scale Oscillations (7 Lectures, Nov 6-Nov 29): Equatorial waves; the Gill model of large—scale forced convection; El Nino and the Southern Oscillation; the Quast Biennial Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Important dates: 0 Exam 1: Thursday, Sept 27. a Term paper topic chosen: Thursday OctlS. - Exam 2: Thursday Nov 1. 0 Term paper outline, bibliography due: Thursday Nov 8. 0 Term paper due: rI‘uesday, Nov 27 0 Final exam (in class): Tuesday, Dec 4. Grading Scheme: Mid term exams (2) 20% each Term paper 20% Quasi-weekly assignments 20 % Final exam 20% References: A number of handouts will be made during the course. It is assumed that you have the first three books listed below. Background for some of the lectures may be found (among other places) in the other books; copies of such material, as well as journal l articles, that are discussed at any length will be made available. Hurricane:r Coping with Disaster, 2003, Simpson et. al., American Geophysical Union. This is the text required for the course: it will be used in the lectures on tropical cyclones. Physical Climatology, 1994, D. Hartmann, Academic Press. Introduction to Dynamical Meteorology, (any edition), J. Holton, Academic Press ‘ Physics of Climate, 1992, J. Peixoto 85 A. Oort., American Institute of Physics. Observations of Surface to Atmosphere Interactions in the Tropics, 1999, M. Garstang and D. Fitzgerald, Oxford University Press. Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey, (any edition), Wallace and Hobbs, Academic Press. ADA statement: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti—discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaran— teed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. j If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Depart- ment of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities in Room 126 of the Koldus ; Building. The phone number is 845-1637. Plagiarism statement: As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one’s own the ideas, words, writings, etc, which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have the permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated. ...
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07C ATMO 459-900 - ATMO 459 Tropical Meteorology Tentative Syllabus Instructor R L Panetta Office 1007A Oifice hrs M W F 2:30—4:30& by

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