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Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Spring 2008
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This course begins with a study of the role of dynamics in ... More

This course begins with a study of the role of dynamics in the general physics of the atmosphere, the consideration of the differences between modeling and approximation, and the observed large-scale phenomenology of the atmosphere. Only then are the basic equations derived in rigorous manner. The equations are then applied to important problems and methodologies in meteorology and climate, with discussions of the history of the topics where appropriate. Problems include the Hadley circulation and its role in the general circulation, atmospheric waves including gravity and Rossby waves and their interaction with the mean flow, with specific applications to the stratospheric quasi-biennial oscillation, tides, the super-rotation of Venus' atmosphere, the generation of atmospheric turbulence, and stationary waves among other problems. The quasi-geostrophic approximation is derived, and the resulting equations are used to examine the hydrodynamic stability of the circulation with applications ranging from convective adjustment to climate. Less

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Atmospheric Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Lindzen, Richard
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El Nino: The Weather Maker
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This lesson focuses upon the scientific phenomenon of El Nino. Learners will ... More

This lesson focuses upon the scientific phenomenon of El Nino. Learners will also explore the possible link between human-induced global warming, and El Nino as a possible distributor of global warming's extra energy. Links to related sites are included. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Geology
Hydrology
Oceanography
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Lesson Plans
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA
Author:
Lynn Birdsong
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Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 3: Global Circulation
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The chapter begins with a review of the general principles of atmospheric ... More

The chapter begins with a review of the general principles of atmospheric motion including scale analysis of tropical motions. An overview of the general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean is presented including stratospheric general circulation. Special emphasis is given to the Hadley circulation including its maintenance, seasonal migration, northern and southern hemispheric differences, and the contrast between tropical and midlatitude wind systems. Tropical circulations are examined in a theoretical framework as responses to heating at the equator. Regional monsoons, their conceptual models, seasonal evolution, and variability are explored. Modeling of the general circulation is examined in a focus section. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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Regional Study Guide: Review for Aeronautical Forecasters in Africa, selections from Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd edition
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This Regional Study Guide highlights the sections of the Introduction to Tropical ... More

This Regional Study Guide highlights the sections of the Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition online textbook that are applicable to aeronautical forecasting operations in Africa. Topics include remote sensing, global circulations, tropical variability, tropical cyclones and the challenges encountered when forecasting tropical weather. The guide consists of a list of links to the content in the textbook and has its own stand-alone quiz. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
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