Lecture1-Intro - September 26, 2006 See Karen Litfin’s...

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MPO 551: Lecture 1 Course Introduction and Overview (Chapter 1, Wallace and Hobbs)
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Thursday, 2 5 pm, MSC 319
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Course Goals: Expose students to a wide range of topics in Atmospheric Science Develop quantitative tools for solving problems in Atmospheric Science Challenge you to think about asking the unanswered questions in the field, and finding answers!
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Ground rules: STOP me when you do not understand… particularly for terminology THINK outside the classroom. Bring in Atmospheric Science related articles, news, blogs, websites…. for discussion. Be prepared to THINK in the classroom (this includes being prepared by doing reading assignments ahead of time)
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Overview of the Atmosphere Composition Vertical Structure Horizontal structure (Winds, pressure, precipitation) Scales
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Largest ozone hole ever observed:
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Unformatted text preview: September 26, 2006 See Karen Litfin’s ‘Ozone Discourses’ for a history of the problem. Source: NOAA Meridional cross section of temperature (left) and winds (right) Note that the winds are strongest where the temperature gradient is strongest Tropopause Stratopause Mesopause Schematic of aquaplanet circulation Baroclinic waves ‐ characteristic length scale ~4000 km. Quiescent tropics. Why do the tropics get more sunlight? Observed surface temperature (departure from zonal mean) Observed surface circulation Why are the subtropical highs most pronounced in summertime? Observed precipitation Note: ITCZ, monsoon regions Observed precipitation Seasonal cycle in climate zones…. . Scales! Scales! Reading assignment: • Chapter 2, Wallace and Hobbs: page 25 ‐ 45...
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