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Introduction - T ROPICALMETEOROLOGY LeilaM.V.Carvalho Prof....

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TROPICAL   M ETEOROLOGY  Leila M. V. Carvalho
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Prof. Leila Carvalho (Instructor) Lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15 Office hours: Thursdays 2:00-3:00 Ellison Hall 4830 Dr. Charles Jones 2:00-3:00 Ellison Hall 6810 Forest Cannon (TA) Labs Tuesdays 5:00- 5:50 Thursdays 10:00 – 10:50 pm Office hours: TBA
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Objectives Introduce the students the concept of tropical climates and the main atmospheric mechanisms responsible for their changes Stimulate interactive classes to explore the tropical atmosphere
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Syllabus Introduction to tropical climates Description of the characteristics of the tropical atmosphere High and low frequency variability in the tropics Hurricanes Monsoons El Nino/La Nina and Southern Oscillation (ENSO) The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) Water in the tropics and tropical precipitation Climate change in the tropics
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week Lecture Topics Reading Discussion Topics (LAB) 1-2 Introduction to tropical climates, Radiation and conditions in the low latitudes Introduction, Chapter 3 Week 1 – No lab (labs start on Thursday September 29th) 2-3 Tropical temperatures and General circulation Chap 4 and 5 Tropical temperatures and General circulation 3-4 Non-seasonal variations (Madden-Julian Oscillation, Walker circulation, El Nino – Southern Oscillation) Chap 6 Non-seasonal variations 4 Hurricanes (tropical disturbances) Chap 8 Hurricanes (tropical disturbances) 5 Midterm (October 27) Review - midterm 6 Seasonal Variations: Monsoons Chap 7 Seasonal Variations: Monsoon 7 Water in the tropical atmosphere Chap 9 Water in the tropical atmosphere 8-9 Climate change in the tropics Chap 13 Climate change in the tropics 10 Finals Review and finals Grading: Homework 30% Class work: 10% Midterm 25% Finals 35% Glenn McGregor, Simon Nieuwolt: Tropical Climatology, 2 nd Edition
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Classroom activities Debates among groups of students Short group presentations on topics previously discussed in classroom (after midterm) Students will be encouraged to participate
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