ATMS 310

Atmospheric Kinematics and Dynamics (3 credit hours)

Earth from space

This course is a junior/senior level treatment of the governing principles of atmospheric motion. Dynamics is math intensive, with extensive use of vector notation and other mathematical operators including dot products, cross products, and the laplacian. Students must complete ATMS 251 (Mathematics in Meteorology) before registering for this course.

Topics in this course include primarily what one will find in Chapters 1-6 of the Holton textbook: fundamental and apparent forces, hydrostatic balance, equations of motion, coordinate systems, balanced flow, vorticity, potential vorticity, quasi-geostrophic theory, jet stream dynamics, and Rossby waves to name a few. I have many pdfs linked below on all of these topics and more.

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