Geography C139: Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics

Geography C139
CCN: 36371
(3 units)
David Romps
Location: 325 McCone
Times: MW 2-3:30

This course examines the processes that determine the structure and circulation of the Earth’s atmosphere. The approach is deductive rather than descriptive: to figure out the properties and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere based on the laws of physics and fluid dynamics. Topics will include interaction between radiation and atmospheric composition; the role of water in the energy and radiation balance; governing equations for atmospheric motion, mass conservation, and thermodynamic energy balance; geostrophic flow, quasigeostrophic motion, baroclinic instability and dynamics of extratropical cyclones.