ATMOSPHERIC & OCEANIC SCIENCES 100
WEATHER AND CLIMATE (3 credits)
LECTURE 1 for the 2004 Eight-Week SUMMER SESSION
As of 10 June 2004
This outline is subject to change! So please refer back to this
LECTURES: 10:20-11:35 AM, MTWR; Rm. 811 Meteorology and Space
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Edward J. Hopkins
OFFICE: Rm. 1407 Meteorology and Space Science (608/262-1605
OFFICE HOURS: 1:00-2:00 PM, MTWR (or by appointment)
This introductory level course explores our earth's atmospheric
Emphasis is placed upon providing you with a deeper appreciation of the
various atmospheric phenomena that you may witness. You will
acquainted with some of the more important economic and social aspects
of weather and climate. You will see how meteorology has evolved
as a science with the development of various tools and concepts that
rational description of various weather and climatic phenomena.
Some knowledge of geography and the basic concepts of high school
is assumed. Since meteorology is a visual science, slides, films and
weather map discussions will be routinely used. The materials covered
class will be stressed on the three examinations,
with the text serving as a background resource. Therefore, attendance
each of the FOUR regularly scheduled lectures
per week (75 minutes each) is strongly recommended.
assignments, will be given to help you prepare for the
these homework assignments represent 15% of your course grade. If you
having trouble with the course, please ask your instructor for help as
soon as possible.
You are encouraged to use the World Wide Web (WWW) as a learning
You will need to access the Web for part of written assignments.
The official address for our ATM OCN 100 home page is http://www.meteor.wisc.edu/~hopkins/aos100.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Interpret current weather maps appearing on television, or in the
locating and identifying the broad-based air pressure, wind, cloud and
Correctly use and explain selected fundamental terminology employed by
meteorologists (e.g., dewpoint, barometric pressure, cyclones, etc.).
Identify various weather instruments and instrument platforms currently
used to monitor the weather and measure atmospheric properties.
Explain why the atmosphere helps make planet Earth unique in our solar
Trace the flow of energy into and out of the Earth-atmosphere system.
Describe the role of water and the hydrologic cycle in the planetary
Distinguish the characteristic sizes of various atmospheric systems.
Explain, in general terms, the reasons for atmospheric motions.
Identify some of the fundamental conceptual models developed by
to explain atmospheric processes.
Make simple, short-term weather forecasts for your location, based upon
your observation of the sequence of winds, clouds and changes in air
Distinguish the various severe weather phenomena and appropriate
watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service for your
Appreciate the challenges facing the atmospheric scientist in
and forecasting atmospheric processes.
Locate useful sources of weather and climatological information for
TENTATIVE GRADING SCHEME:
Your course grade depends upon the numerical point distribution
from each of the following items, using the approximate weighting
3 Weeks Exam (Thursday, 1 July 2004)
6 Weeks Exam (Thursday, 22 July 2004)
Final Exam (Thursday, 5 August 2004)
Moran, J.M., 2002: Online Weather Studies. (2nd
ed.) American Meteorological Society. Washington, DC. 416 pp. (ISBN
friendly version of this syllabus (in pdf format)
Last revision: 10 June 2004 (1940 UTC)
Produced by Edward J. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706