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Courses - Spring 2019
AOSC
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
AOSC123
Causes and Implications of Global Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Also offered as: GEOL123.
Credit only granted for: AOSC123, GEOG123, GEOL123, or METO123.
Formerly: METO123.
Responsible policy and decision making on issues related to the global environment requires understanding of the basic scientific issues, relationships between the geophysical and biological sciences, the impacts on regional and global endeavors, and the political manner in which humans respond. This course embodies an integrated introduction to the broad scientific and social aspects of the global change problem.
AOSC200
Weather and Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with AOSC201) or DSNS, SCIS
Prerequisite: MATH107, MATH110, or MATH115.
Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in AOSC201.
Formerly: METO200.
Broad survey of the state of knowledge and problems of atmospheric science. Origin and structure of the atmosphere, meteorological observations, weather maps, forecasting, satellites, energetics, wind, general circulation, storms, severe weather, climate change, air pollution.

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AOSC201
Weather and Climate Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
Corequisite: AOSC200.
Formerly: METO201.
Laboratory exercises to supplement AOSC200, including weather observations, weather map analysis, use of the Internet, forecasting practice and climate modeling.
Students must pay a $60.00 lab materials fee.
AOSC247
Scientific Programming: Python
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140.
Recommended: Familiarity with basic descriptive statistics.
Credit only granted for: AOSC458J, AOSC247 or CMSC131.
Formerly: AOSC458J.
A comprehensive introduction to scientific computation and visualization techniques with Python applied to data intensive questions in the Natural Sciences. The class emphasizes real-world applications, providing students with essential hands-on experience using Python for data analysis and visualization, developing analytical skills for observational and modeling data, and performing virtual experiments to distinguish data contributing factors. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific data issues including: signal vs noise, trend vs periodicity, mean vs extreme changes, and accuracy vs uncertainty. Students will gain extensive experience using command line linux. Skills including local and remote file transfer and synchronization, file and directory permission, utilities for diagnosing performance issues, and data compression.
Students must pay a $60.00 lab materials fee.
AOSC347
Computing and Data Analysis: Deciphering Climate Change Clues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140.
Recommended: Familiarity with basic descriptive statistics.
Credit only granted for: AOSC347 or AOSC358L.
Formerly: AOSC358L.
A comprehensive introductory course designed to prepare students to identify, interpret, and visualize Earth's climate variations observed in the past and projected into the future. The class emphasizes real-world applications, providing students with essential hands-on experience using MATLAB for data analysis and visualization, developing analytical skills for observational and modeling data, and performing virtual experiments to distinguish data contributing factors. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific issues concerning the modern global warming debate on detection and attribution including: signal vs noise, trend vs periodicity, natural vs anthropogenic forcing, local vs remote response, mean vs extreme changes, and accuracy vs uncertainty.
Students must pay a $60.00 lab materials fee.
AOSC401
Climate Dynamics and Earth System Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC400 or AOSC200; and MATH141; and (PHYS161 or PHYS171). Or permission of instructor.
Introduction of the earth and global climate systems and their major components: atmosphere, land, ocean, biosphere and cryosphere. Key processes governing the function of the earth's climate: Global energy balance and water cycle, climate dynamics (general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean) and climate physics (aerosol, cloud and rain), as well as climate variability and climate changes. Phenomena resulting from this coupled system including El Nino-Southern Oscillation, monsoons, and the hydrological cycle will be discussed, with a focus on how the Earth System responds to global warming.
AOSC424
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141); or permission of instructor.
Many of the properties of the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are most easily observed from satellite remote sensing. This course will provide students with a hands-on introduction to a variety of passive and active sensing techniques and sensors observing our changing environment. Topics include: orbital dynamics and electromagnetic properties of the atmosphere and surface; atmospheric emission characteristics and scattering; chemical composition and spectroscopy; temperature retrievals; detection and retrieval of aerosol, cloud and rain; ocean surface properties; sea surface temperature and color; active sensing of wind stress, sea level, and internal waves; time-dependent gravity; properties of vegetation and ice.
AOSC432
Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC431.
Corequisite: MATH246.
Credit only granted for: AOSC432, METO432, or AOSC632.
Formerly: METO432.
Equations of motion and their approximation, scale analysis for the atmosphere and the ocean. Conservation properties. Fluid motion in the atmosphere and oceans. Geostrophic/balanced and ageostrphic/unbalanced motion. Circulation, vorticity, and potential vorticity. Introduction to the boundary layer.
AOSC433
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146. And MATH241; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department.
Also offered as: CHEM433.
Credit only granted for: AOSC433, AOSC633, CHEM433, or CHEM633.
Formerly: AOSC434.
The effects of human activity on atmospheric composition, focused on global warming, the carbon cycle, air pollution, and the ozone layer. Fundamentals of atmosphereic chemistry (spectroscopy, kinetics, isotopic analysis, and biogeochemical cycles) are related to the modern understanding of climate change, air quality, and ozone depletion, based on resources such as satellite missions, field campaigns, and scientific assessments published by international agencies. We also examine how society's energy needs could be met, in the future, in a manner with less impact on atmospheric composition than the present heavy reliance on combusion of fossil fuels.
AOSC472
Mesoscale Meteorology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC432, AOSC600, AOSC610, or AOSC470.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Also offered as: AOSC602.
Credit only granted for: AOSC472 or AOSC602.
Survey a broad range of mesoscale meteorological features with emphasis on convection and associated phenomena. Define the mesoscale and understand its underlying principles; Introduce non-convective circulations and their importance for weather forecasting; Understand the precursors and occurrence of deep moist convection.
AOSC484
Climate System Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: AOSC684.
Credit only granted for: AOSC484 or AOSC684.
Fundamentals in building computer models to simulate the components of the climate system: atmosphere, ocean ice, land-surface, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the biogeochemical cycles embedded in the physical climate system, in particular, the carbon cycle. Simple to state-of-the-art research models to tackle problems such as the Daisy World, El Nino and global warming.
AOSC494
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in AOSC431 and AOSC432.
Exposure to a wide range of contemporary topics in atmospheric, oceanic and climate sciences, to foster research interests and promote critical thinking through the weekly AOSC departmental seminar series.
AOSC498
(Perm Req)
Senior Research Project II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC499
Special Problems in Atmospheric Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC602
Mesoscale Meteorology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Survey a broad range of mesoscale meteorological features with emphasis on convection and associated phenomena. Define the mesoscale and understand its underlying principles; Introduce non-convective circulations and their importance for weather forecasting; Understand the precursors and occurrence of deep moist convection.
AOSC611
Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Oceans II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: METO611.
Waves and instabilities in the atmosphere and the ocean. Gravity, Rossby, coastal and equatorial waves. Flow over topography. Dynamic instabilities including barotropic, baroclinic, inertial, and instabilities of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. Stationary waves and multiple equilibria.
AOSC615
Advanced Methods in Data Assimilation for the Earth Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC614; or permission of instructor.
An overview of the most important methods of data assimilation. Theory, techniques and strategies of these methods, as well as their possible drawbacks. Hands-on experimentation with variational and other data assimilation systems.
AOSC617
Atmospheric and Oceanic Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC610; or permission of instructor.
Formerly: METO617.
The general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, historical perspective, observations, and conceptual models; wind-driven and thermohaline circulation of the oceans. Seasonal cycle and monsoon circulations; interannual to interdecadal climate variability; climate change.
AOSC621
Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH462; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: METO621.
Spectroscopy; basic concepts in radiative transfer and atmospheric chemistry; photolysis rates for atmospheric molecules.
AOSC624
Remote Sensing of Surface Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH240 and MATH241.
The theory and principles of remote sensing as applicable to earth observing satellites. Discussed will be current methods to interpret satellite observations into useful climate parameters. Emphasis will be placed on parameters that provide information about the climate close to the earth surface, and that can be inferred on regional to global scales. Examples are: surface temperature and reflectivity, radiation budgets, soil moisture, and vegetation cover.
AOSC630
Statistical Methods in Meteorology and Oceanography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: STAT400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: METO630.
Parametric and non-parametric tests; time series analysis and filtering wavelets. Multiple regression and screening; neural networks. Empirical orthogonal functions and teleconnections. Statistical weather and climate prediction, including MOS, constructed analogs. Ensemble forecasting and verification.
AOSC633
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146. And MATH241; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department.
Also offered as: CHEM633.
Credit only granted for: AOSC433, AOSC633, CHEM433, or CHEM633.
Formerly: AOSC658R.
The effects of human activity on atmospheric composition, focused on global warming, the carbon cycle, air pollution, and the ozone layer. Fundamentals of atmosphereic chemistry (spectroscopy, kinetics, isotopic analysis, and biogeochemical cycles) are related to the modern understanding of climate change, air quality, and ozone depletion, based on resources such as satellite missions, field campaigns, and scientific assessments published by international agencies. We also examine how society's energy needs could be met, in the future, in a manner with less impact on atmospheric composition than the present heavy reliance on combusion of fossil fuels.
AOSC634
Air Sampling and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: METO634.
Theory and application of analytical techniques for the analysis of atmospheric gases and particles including priority pollutants. Combined chemical and meteorological considerations in designing field experiments.
AOSC663
Water and Climate Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AOSC610; and undergraduate level hydrology and/or hydrogeology, familiarity with differential calculus and equations. Please consult with instructor for details.
Focuses on exploring options for adaptation and building resilience to the possible impacts of climate change through an interwoven understanding of the physical, biological, social, cultural, economic and institutional constraints of water resources issues and consideration of climate-related risks in the management and decision-making process.
AOSC684
Climate System Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as: AOSC484.
Credit only granted for: AOSC484 or AOSC684.
Fundamentals in building computer models to simulate the components of the climate system: atmosphere, ocean ice, land-surface, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the biogeochemical cycles embedded in the physical climate system, in particular, the carbon cycle. Simple to state-of-the-art research models to tackle problems such as the Daisy World, El Nino and global warming.
AOSC798
Directed Graduate Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.