AOS 441 Satellite and Radar Meteorology (Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
This course provides an overview of basic principles of radar meteorology and satellite remote sensing. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on computer exercises, students will learn to apply basic radiative transfer theory to identify the ‘finger-prints’ of weather-related phenomena in measurements from satellite and ground-based instruments. Principles of radar operation, design and implementation of satellite missions, interpretation of imagery across a range of electronic-magnetic frequencies from the ultra-violet to microwave, and basic retrieval of atmospheric variables from active and passive systems are discussed.
AOS 425 Global Climate Processes (Fall 2012)
We develop a mechanistic understanding of the climate system and its capacity for variability and change. Topics considered include: global and local energy balances, atmosphere and ocean general circulations, atmosphere - ocean - land coupling, carbon cycling, climate feedbacks and variability, modeling, and anthropogenic climate change. A climate modeling project with the EdGCM is a key component of the course.
AOS 740 Advanced Radiation and Remote Sensing (Spring 2013)
This course covers advanced topic in radiative transfer including numerical methods to solve the radiative transfer equation, theory of scattering by spherical and non-spherical particles, and gas absorption. Starting in 2013, this course will also provide an introduction to inverse methods and their application to remotely determine properties of the Earth's atmosphere and surface.
AOS 900 Seminar: Meteorology: Current & Classical Problems (Fall 2012)
This seminar is a one-time requirement for the AOS Ph.D. degree devoted to advanced study of chosen topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. The goal is to trace the coherence and continuity of thought on these topics. The interplay of observations, theories, and the resolution of controversies will be analyzed in their influence on the evolution of each topic. Course activity consists primarily of weekly student background reading, individual presentations, and extensive group discussions.