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Graduate Courses

Dynamical Meteorology

MAP 5431. Introduction to Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: PHY 2048C, MAP 4153. Corequisites: MAP 4341, 3306, 5345, or consent of instructor. Physical properties of viscous fluids, kinematics of flow fields, governing equations, viscous flow. Also offered by the departments of Mathematics and Oceanography.

MAP 6434r. Advanced Topics in Hydrodynamics (3). Also offered by the departments of Mathematics and Oceanography. May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours.

MET 5311. Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I (3). Prerequisites: MAP 4341 or 3306; PHY 2049C. Coordinate systems; conservation equations for mass, momentum, and energy; equation of state; scaling; generalized vertical coordinates; geostrophic, gradient, cyclostrophic wind; thermal wind; vorticity and divergence equations; the omega equation; Reynolds averaging and turbulence; boundary layer and Ekman layer dynamics.

MET 5312. Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II (3). Prerequisite: MET 5311. Scale analysis of the vorticity, divergence, and omega equations; quasi-geostrophic quasi-nondivergent systems; synoptic development of baroclinic disturbances; linear perturbations; sound, gravity, Rossby waves. Baroclinic instability; the two-level model; numerical weather prediction.

MET 5340r. Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulations (3). Prerequisite: MET 4302 or 5312. Large scale atmospheric circulations featuring observational and experimental studies (global distribution of meteorological variables, momentum, and energy budgets; meridional circulation; available energy; laboratory studies) and theoretical studies (Eadys baroclinic instability model, integral theorems, numerical models, flow-over topography, wave-mean interactions). May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours. May be repeated in the same semester.

MET5406. Satellite Observations and Their Applications in Numerical Weather Prediction (3). Prerequisites: MAP 3305 or equivalent computer programming. This course covers techniques, research, and operational applications related to satellite observations and their applications in numerical weather prediction. Students gain hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of data assimilation and related application problems in atmospheric science.

MET 5541r. Dynamical Weather Prediction (3). Prerequisite: MET 4301 or 5311. Prediction of atmospheric and oceanic flow patterns by numerical methods; numerical solution of partial differential equation; modeling. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

MET 6308r. Advanced Topics in Dynamical Meteorology (3). Prerequisite: Instructor approval. May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours.

OCP 5253. Fluid Dynamics: Geophysical Applications (3). Prerequisite: MAP 5431 or consent of instructor. Shallow water theory, Poincare, Kelvin, and Rossby waves; boundary layer theory; wind-driven ocean circulation models; quasi-geostrophic motion on a sphere, thermocline problem; stability theories. Also offered by the departments of Mathematics and Oceanography.

Physical Meteorology

MET 5407. Fundamentals of Atmospheric Data Assimilation (3). Prerequisites: MAP 3305 or equivalent computer programming. This course provides the fundamentals of objective analysis and data assimilation with an emphasis on the physical aspects of objective analysis. Students learn how the general mathematical concepts and methods are applied to solve many practical data analysis and assimilation problems in atmospheric science.

MET 5411. Radar Meteorology (3). Prerequisite: MET 4450 or consent of instructor. Principles of incoherent and doppler radar; radar as an observational and analytical tool. The use of radar in basic research.

MET 5421. Radiative Transfer (3). Prerequisite: MET 4450 or instructor approval. Molecular absorption, band models, solar and terrestrial radiative fluxes, and heating rates in the troposphere and stratosphere. Radiative properties of atmospheric aerosols.

MET 5425. Advanced Atmosphere Physics I (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2313 or equivalent; MET 2700; PHY 2048C, 2049C. Classical equilibrium thermodynamics. First and second law, entropy, phase changes, and potentials. Physics of moist air. Physics of aerosols. Condensation of water vapor on aerosols.

MET 5451. Advanced Physical Meteorology II (3). Prerequisite: MET 5425 or equivalent. Examines the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and the atmosphere. Absorption and emission of light by the sun, the earth, and various components of the atmosphere, and the transfer of energy and scattering of radiation by the atmosphere.

MET 5455. Cloud Physics (3). Prerequisites: MET 4420, 4450, or consent of instructor. Microphysics of clouds. Development of warm and cold rain processes; hail formation, microphysical parameterizations, microphysical basis for weather modification and electrication.

MET 5471. Planetary Atmospheres (3). Prerequisites: MET 4450; MET 4302 or 5312, or consent of instructor. Composition, extent, properties, cloud forms, general circulation; geophysics of the planets; theoretical deductions; implications for general circulation on Earth.

MET 6480r. Advanced Topics in Physical Meteorology (3). Prerequisite: Instructor approval. May be repeated to a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours.

Synoptic Meteorology

MET 5505C. Advanced Synoptic Lecture-Laboratory I (3). Prerequisite: CGS 3460. Corequisites: MET 5311, 5425. An analysis of scalar and vector fields, an introduction to the three-dimensional structure of atmospheric systems, and thermodynamic diagrams.

MET 5506C. Advanced Synoptic Lecture-Laboratory II (4). Prerequisites: MET 5311, 5420, 5500C; STA 2122. Synoptic calculation and four-dimensional analysis of weather systems.

MET 5510C. Midlatitude Synoptic Scale Systems (4). Prerequisite: MET 4501C or consent of instructor. Lecture-laboratory on the structure and dynamics of middle-latitude atmospheric systems.

MET 5511C. Meso-Meteorology Lecture Laboratory (4). Prerequisite: MET 4501C. Structure and dynamics of mesoscale atmospheric systems.

MET 5533. Tropical Meteorology I (3). Prerequisite: MET 4501C. Lecture-laboratory on planetary and synoptic-scale systems of the tropics including hurricanes.

MET 5534. Tropical Meteorology II (3). Prerequisite: MET 4501C. Convection, boundary layer processes, local weather phenomena, mesoscale tropical systems, hurricane structure.

MET 5550. Statistical Weather Prediction (3). Prerequisites: MET 4500C; MAC 2313; a course in computer programming; and a 4000 level statistics course or equivalent. Probabilistic and statistical weather prediction, evaluation and utility of forecasts; decision making in meteorology; forecast quality and predictability of the atmosphere.

MET 6561r. Advanced Topics in Synoptic Meteorology (3). Prerequisite: Instructor approval. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Climatology

MET 5105. Global Climate System (3). Prerequisite: Basic climatology course or consent of instructor. Examines global climate system from radioactive and surface exchange processes. Their role in climate dynamics and climatic change is considered.

MET 5135. Dynamic Climatology (3). Prerequisite: Basic climate course or consent of instructor. Examination of climatology from both a synoptic and dynamic perspective. Regional climates are studied in the context of prevailing synoptic systems and links with general circulation features. Global patterns of climate and forcing mechanisms of climate variability are described.

MET 6155r. Advanced Topics in Climatology (1–3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced topics and recent advances in climatology. Content varies covering such areas as climate modeling, physical climatology, dynamic climatology, climate change, and climate and the oceans. May be repeated up to six times to a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours.

Other Courses

MET 5090r. Applied Time Series Analysis (3). Prerequisites: CGS 3460; MAP 3306; STA 2122. This course analyzes real and complex-valued meteorological and/or oceanographic time series in the frequency and time domains by writing computer programs.

MET 5403C. Meteorological Instruments and Observations (3). Prerequisites: MET 2700; PHY 2048C. Course covers the theory and practice of calibration and operation of basic sensors measurement of temperature, heat flow, fluid flow, pressure and moisture.

MET 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four (24) semester hours.

MET 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1–3).

MET 5910r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only.) Three (3) semester hours are required for a master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of five (5) semester hours in each of the master’s and doctoral programs.

MET 5920r. Colloquium: Topics in Meteorology Research (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Reports and discussions in selected topics of meteorology research. May be repeated to a maximum of twenty (20) semester hours.

MET 5930. Master’s Seminar (2). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Reports and discussions of meteorological research. All master’s degree candidates give an oral presentation and prepare a written report.

MET 5971r. Thesis (1–6). (S/U grade only.) Minimum of six (6) semester hours required.

MET 5979r. Supervised Teaching (1–5). (S/U grade only.) A maximum of three (3) hours may apply towards a master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of five (5) semester hours in each of the master’s and doctoral programs.

MET 6906r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four (24) semester hours.

MET 6930r. Doctoral Seminar (1). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Reports and discussions of meteorological research. Doctoral candidates give an oral presentation of their prospectus or dissertation. A minimum of two (2) semester hours is required.

MET 6980r. Dissertation (1–12). (S/U grade only.)

MET 8964r. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

MET 8966r. Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

MET 8976r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

MET 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

OCP 5271. Turbulence (3). Prerequisite: MET 4301, MET 5311, or OCP 5253. Turbulent transport of momentum and heat; dynamics of turbulence; homogenous isotropic turbulence; wall bounded shear flows; statistical description of turbulence; spectra. Also offered in the Department of Oceanography.

OCP 5551. Physics of the Air-Sea Boundary Layer (3). Prerequisite: MET 4301 or consent of instructor. Flux of momentum, heat, and water; study of air-sea interaction mechanism of exchange and budgets. Also offered in the Department of Oceanography.

SCE 5366C Teaching Earth and Space Science (3). This course examines the pedagogical content knowledge needed to teach earth/space science.