GEOG C139, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics

Catalog Description: 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.

Units: 3.0

Prerequisites: Mathematics 53, 54; Physics 7A-7B-7C


Fall and/or Spring: 15 weeks - 3 hours of lecture per week

Grading Basis: Letter

Final Exam Status: Final exam required

Also Listed As: EPS C181

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