ATS 501 - SURVEY OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Semester Hours: 3

General survey of the field of atmospheric science includes thermodynamics, atmospheric dynamics, cloud physics, and atmospheric radition. Quantitative examination of atmospheric properties including atmospheric composition, structure and dynamics.

ATS 509 - APPL COMPUTERS IN METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Survey of scientific programming techniques used in atmospheric sciences. Various data types, control statements, and programming design using object oriented techniques are discussed, emphasizing efficient programming. Course prepares students for graduate work and research in atmospheric science.

ATS 510 - OPERATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST'G

Semester Hours: 3

Subjective & objective methods of atmospheric prognosis. Forecasting critical weather elements. Interpretation, use & systematic errors of computer-generated products, human factors, & application of meteorological theory in an operational setting.

ATS 513 - GIS & REMOTE SENSING

Semester Hours: 3

Hands-on approach to GIS and satellite remote sensing. Popular satellite data sets such as LANDSAT and AVHRR are coupled with GIS data sets to increase understanding of the earth system. Topics include satellite sensors, basic radiative transfer, orbits, raster formats, atmospheric correction, distortion, image corrections, rotations and mapping, spatial resolution, image interpretation, radiometric and geometric enhancement, multispectral transformations, and classifications. (Same as ATS 413, ES 413, ES 513.) Spring.

ATS 515 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS

Semester Hours: 3

Advanced special topics: visualization of GIS and remote sensing data, landscape characterization (pattern vs. process), multitemporal analysis, aggregation of data types, developing an integrated GIS environment for performing complex space-time modeling analyses, and land-atmosphere interactions. (Same as ATS 415, ES 415, ES 515.) Spring.

ATS 520 - INTRO ATMOS CHEM & AIR POLLUTI

Semester Hours: 3

An introduction designed to provide students with the basics of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution concepts. Topics include air pollutants, air-pollution meteorology, atmospheric gases and aerosols, and atmospheric processes.

ATS 522 - AIR POLLU:METEOROLOGY CONCEPTS

Semester Hours: 3

ATS 541 - ATM THERMODYN & CLOUD PHYSICS

Semester Hours: 3

Thermodynamic & cloud physical processes in the atmosphere. Atmospheric statics & stability. Role of aerosols in nucleation of cloud and ice particles. Physical processes that produce the growth of hydrometeors in cold and warm clouds. Applicable measurement techniques.

ATS 551 - ATMOS FLUID DYNAMICS I

Semester Hours: 3

Fluid dynamics in the atmosphere. Coriolis acceleration, scale analysis and appropriate approximations of the complete governing equations. Numerical analysis and interpretation of weather phenomena.

ATS 553 - ATS RADIATN/REMOTE SENSING

Semester Hours: 3

ATS 554 - FORECASTING MESOSCALE PROC

Semester Hours: 3

Detection and forecasting of atmospheric mesoscale phenomena including the structure and evoluation of clouds, precipitation (including floods) thunderstorms and severe weather. Includes basics of instruments used to detect mesoscale phenomena, most notably satellite and radar. Prerequisites: ATS 551.

ATS 561 - ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION I

Semester Hours: 3

Fundamentals of terrestrial atmospheric radiation. Topics include: basic concepts, radiative transfer equation, gaseous absorption, scattering by molecules and particles, band models, transmittance along an inhomogeneous path.

ATS 571 - INTRO TO RADAR METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to principles of radar meteorology, including radar operations, hardware, interpretation and analysis. Doppler, dual-polarization and dual-wavelength radar theory, methods and applications are covered. Prerequisite: ATS 541.

ATS 581 - ATS THERMODYNAMICS & CHEM

Semester Hours: 3

ATS 590 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Semester Hours: 1-3

Selected topics of interest not included in other courses.

ATS 603 - CLIMATE DYNAMICS

Semester Hours: 3

Origin and evolution of the climate system including underlying causes for past climates such as occurred during the ice ages. Statistical processing of various time series to extract climactic signals in the data. Determination of global-scale forcing mechanisms, which impact climate. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 606 - DATA ANALY ATMOSPHERIC SCNTS

Semester Hours: 3

A theoretical and practical introduction to various data analysis methods commonly used in atmospheric science. Topics include forecasting techniques to generate models to fit data, assess models using parametric tests, probability theory and Monte Carlo methods to solve a variety of problems. Prerequisites: ATS 509.

ATS 620 - ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY & AEROSI

Semester Hours: 3

Primary processes, thermodynamics, photochemistry, kinetics, models, and measurements applied to troposphere and stratosphere; natural and anthropogenic; chlorine, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen catalytic cycles; ground- and satellite-based observations of trace species. Prerequisites: ATS 520.

ATS 622 - AIR POLLUTION MODELING

Semester Hours: 3

Air pollution Langrangian and Eulerian modeling concepts and methods from micro to synoptic scales; plume, large eddy simulations and urban-regional models in research and regulatory applications; transport, dispersion, chemistry, clouds, aerosols, and wet/dry deposition. Prerequisites: ATS 520 and ATS 551.

ATS 630 - PHYSICAL CLIMATOLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

This course examines the physical aspects of the global climate system, including the global energy balance, surface energy balance, hydrologic cycle, climate classification, ocean change and other selected topics such as climate sensitivity. Prerequisites: ATS 501 or 541.

ATS 635 - GENERAL CIRCULATION

Semester Hours: 3

Detailed examination of the observed dynamic, thermodynamic and chemical structure of the atmosphere, including mid-latitude baroclinic systems, tropical systems, global-scale energy, mass and momentum budgets and the fundamental climatology of the atmosphere. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 642 - PRECIP PHYSICS FOR RADAR

Semester Hours: 3

Cloud mirophyics theory, models, in-situ and radar observations of hydrometers will be utilized together to explore advanced concepts in precipitation physics and their connection to radar meteorology, including coalescense, break-up, freezing, size sorting, aggregation, riming and melting.

ATS 651 - ATMOS FLUID DYNAMICS II

Semester Hours: 3

Wave motions in the atmosphere with emphasis of Rossby, Kelvin and gravity waves. Systematic scaling of primitive equations to develop quasi-geostrophic and Elkman-layer theory. Shallow water theory, stratified flows, and baratropic and baraclinic instability. Prerequisites: ATS 551.

ATS 652 - ADV SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Analysis, interpretation and forecasting synoptic-scale and mesoscale phenomena, including air masses, frontal systems, cyclones, anti-cyclones and waves toward understanding process dynamics. Emphasize the use of observational, satellite and numerical model data, including radars and profilers. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 654 - FORECASTING MESOSCALE PROCESSE

Semester Hours: 3

ATS 655 - BOUNDARY LAYER METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Survey of atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) properties. Review of turbulence, convective and stable boundary layers, surface forcing, boundary layer discontinuties, and singular phenomena within the ABL. Atmospheric field measurements are used to enhance understanding of ABL process. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 656 - TROPICAL METEOROLOGY

Semester Hours: 3

Overview concepts of the dynamics and climatology of the tropics and of significant tropical precipitation systems. Topics also include Kelvin waves, equatorial flows, convective scale dynamics, island meteorology, tropical cyclones, ENSO, radiative-convective equilibrium, gregarious cloud systems. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 657 - NOWCASTING THEORY METHODS

Semester Hours: 3

Theory, methods and applications of 0-6 hour weather and ecological prediction, which is a forecast time period when numerical prediction models have low skill. Topics include predictability, data assimilation, statistical methods, and algorithms using Earth and atmospheric science observations.

ATS 670 - SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING I

Semester Hours: 3

Using a hands-on approach, this course covers a broad range of topics concerning digital image processing applied to the remote sensing of atmospheric, cloud and surface properties using various satellite data sets. Prerequisites: ATS 509.

ATS 671 - GROUND BASED REMOTE SENSING

Semester Hours: 3

Principles and measurement capabilities of active and passive ground-based remote sensing systems: radar, wind profiler, lidar, sodar, and passive radiometer systems. Integration of remote sensing measurements to retrieve properties of atmospheric phenomena. Hands on usage and field measurements. Prerequisites: ATS 541.

ATS 672 - DUAL POLARIZATION RADAR MTRLGY

Semester Hours: 3

Theory, analysis and interpretation of dual polarization radar for meteorological applications. Course covers dual polarization radar system hardware; the basic theory underlying polarimetric radar data and methodology; analysis, interpretation and application of polarimetric radar variables; and dual meteorological and convective weather applications; specifically, precipitation measurement and hyrometeor identification. Example applications include rain rate estimation, drop size determination, hail identification, tornado detection, snow vs rain delineation, and cloud electrification studies. Prerequisites: ATS 571.

ATS 673 - LIGHTNING

Semester Hours: 3

An introduction to lightning. Topics include qualitative and quantitative description of lightning discharges; electrification of thunderstorms; temporal and spatial variation of lightning on multiple scales; various types of lightning; basic lightning models; current methods of measuring lightning. Prerequisites: ATS 509.

ATS 675 - ATMOSPHERIC DATA ASSIMILATION

Semester Hours: 3

Data assimilation methods and concepts including objective analysis and initialization as relevant to numerical weather prediction. Emphasis on variational methods, successive correction, optimal interpolation, adjoint and gradient concepts, singular vectors, Kalman filters and nudging. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 681 - NUMERICAL ATMOS MODELING

Semester Hours: 3

Introduction to numerical methods applied to simulation of the atmosphere. Basic numerical solution techniques, along with filtering, radiative parameterizations, thermodynamics, turbulent parameterization, initialization and coordinate transformation. Prerequisites: ATS 551.

ATS 690 - SEL TOPICS IN ATMOS SCI

Semester Hours: 1-4

Selected topics of interest not included under other courses.

ATS 699 - MASTER'S THESIS

Semester Hours: 1-6

Required each semester a student is enolled and receiving direction on a master's thesis.

ATS 740 - CLOUD PROCESSES

Semester Hours: 3

Theory and observations of the bulk microphysics and kinematic structures of clouds. Topics include: interactions among dynamical, microphysical and thermodynamic processes within cloud systems, the dynamics of organized convective systems, and remote sensing of clouds and precipiation features. Prerequisites: ATS 541 and ATS 551.

ATS 761 - ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION II

Semester Hours: 3

Advanced topics in atmospheric radiative transfer. Specific topics include Maxwell equations, Mie theory, polarization and radiative transfer in a scattering atmosphere. Prerequisites: ATS 561.

ATS 762 - MICROPARTICLE OPT & RADIOMETRY

Semester Hours: 3

Propagation of electromagnetic radiation. Maxwells equations, Kramers-Kronig analysis, Mueller matrices, Stokes vectors, Rayleigh theory, scattering & absorption by single & multi sphere, near & internal fields, geometric optics, discrete dipole approximation, & T-matrices. Prerequisites: ATS 561.

ATS 770 - SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING

Semester Hours: 3

Using various satellite data sets and radiative transfer models, this course will train students to calculate and study cloud, aerosol, ocean and land surface properties to assess the radiative energy budget of the earth-atmosphere system. Prerequisites: ATS 670.

ATS 780 - ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE SEMINAR

Semester Hour: 1

Speakers are invited to report on research relevant to the field of atmospheric science. Students are expected to attend at least twelve seminars and to write short descriptions of the presentations.

ATS 781 - STUDENT SEMINAR

Semester Hour: 1

Guest speakers report on research relevant to the fields of Atmospheric and Earth System Science. Students are expected to attend weekly seminars, submit a paper based on at least ten talks, and make a 15-minute conference type presentation on a research topic in atmospheric science selected in agreement with their advisor. Prerequisites: ATS/ESS 780.

ATS 782 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Semester Hour: 1

Topics concerning professional ethics, writing scientific journal articles, proposals and resumes, preparing budgets, networking, time management, conference presentations, research administration, funding agencies, stress and burnout will be discussed. Selected topics of interest not included under other courses.

ATS 790 - SEL TOPICS IN ATMOS SCI

Semester Hours: 1-4

Selected topics of interest not included under other courses.

ATS 799 - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

Semester Hours: 3-9

Required each semester student is enrolled and receiving direction on a doctoral dissertation.