AOSC 400- Physical Meteorology of the Atmosphere


  • MATH 141 - Calculus II
  • PHYS 161 or PHYS 171
  • or permission of the department


The application of basic classical physics, chemistry and mathematics to the study of the atmosphere. Composition of the atmosphere; energy sources and sinks (radiation in the atmosphere; radiative balance and radiative forcing of atmospheric processes); atmospheric thermodynamics; clouds and precipitation physics; atmospheric electricity and optics; mesoscale processes (e. g., orographic mesoscale phenomena and instabilities); airmass boundaries; severe weather; tropical cyclones; storms; global circulation.