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1425_lecture_schedule_f10 - Geog/ESPM 1425: Introduction to...

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Unformatted text preview: Geog/ESPM 1425: Introduction to Meteorology/The Atmosphere, Fall 2010 Readings are from E. Aguado and J.E. Burt, Understanding Weather and Climate, 5th edition. Approximate Lecture and Reading Schedule Schedule updates will be announced in class Date Sept 8 Sept 10 Sept 13 Sept 15 Sept 17 Topic Class overview: Physical Science and the Environment as part of a Liberal Education Observing the weather: maps and instrumentation Phys Sci Core: observational data Composition and structure of the atmosphere Envt Theme: humans as agents of atmospheric change Solar radiation: the ultimate weather generator NO CLASS – Kathy at Clean Water and Climate Adaptation Summit, Univ of Minnesota Arboretum (http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/cleanwaterclimatechangea daptationsummit.aspx) Solar and terrestrial radiation Solar and terrestrial radiation (continued) Envt Theme: potential of human activities to alter radiative transfer processes and patterns; human-made changes in the landscape and implications for radiative processes Latent heat, sensible heat, and energy balance Phys Sci Core: principles of energy transfer Temperature patterns on the earth Temperature patterns on the earth (continued) Atmospheric humidity Atmospheric humidity and atmospheric lapse rates Envt Theme: temperature and humidity changes and connections with human health Lapse rates and atmospheric stability Lapse rates and atmospheric stability Phys Sci Core: processes governing energy and mass transfer in the atmosphere Exam review EXAM 1 Condensation, clouds, and fog Precipitation: how does it happen? Precipitation types and precipitation processes NO CLASS – Kathy at West Lakes AAG meeting, Western Illinois University Clouds and precipitation from radar and satellites Phys Sci Core: techniques used in atmospheric science Atmospheric pressure and upper-air charts Forces and winds in the atmosphere Forces and winds (continued) Phys Sci Core: basic principles of atmospheric motion Page 1 of 2 Readings Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Sept 20 Sept 22 Chapters 2 and 3 Chapters 2 and 3 Sept 24 Sept 27 Sept 29 Oct 1 Oct 4 Oct 6 Oct 8 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 15 Oct 18 Oct 20 Oct 22 Oct 25 Oct 27 Oct 29 Nov 1 Chapter 3 Chapters 2 and 3 Chapter 3 Chapter 5 Chapters 5 and 6 Chapter 6 Chapter 6 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 7 Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Nov 3 Nov 5 Nov 8 Nov 10 Nov 12 Nov 15 Nov 17 Nov 19 Nov 22 Nov 24 Nov 26 Nov 29 Dec 1 Dec 3 Dec 6 Dec 8 Dec 10 Dec 13 Dec 15 Upper level winds NO CLASS – Kathy at NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Panel meeting, Washington DC Upper level winds (continued) General circulation of the atmosphere Atmospheric circulation and jet streams Atmosphere-ocean interactions: El Niño Air masses and fronts Phys Sci Core: analyzing and interpreting data Exam review EXAM 2 NO CLASS – Thanksgiving break NO CLASS – Thanksgiving break Weather forecasting: how is it done? Phys Sci Core: computer modeling in atmospheric science; Envt Theme: use of computer models for climate change assessment; scientific uncertainty and limits to knowledge NO CLASS – Kathy at E3 Conference, St. Paul MN (http://www1.umn.edu/iree/e3/) The structure of extratropical cyclones Extratropical cyclones and upper level winds Thunderstorms Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes Envt Theme: environmental risk and human decisionmaking; climate change and severe weather risk Tropical weather Envt Theme: environmental risk and human decisionmaking; climate change and hurricane risk Exam review Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 13 Chapter 10 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 FINAL EXAM: 8:00-10:00 a.m., MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 Page 2 of 2 ...
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