Clouds and Climate

The Romps Group at the University of California, Berkeley

EPS 181, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Fall 2012
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Overview

This course covers the processes that determine the structure and circulation of Earth's atmosphere. The approach of this course is deductive: the properties and behavior of Earth's atmosphere will be derived from the laws of physics and fluid dynamics. Topics will include the governing laws of fluid dynamics, dry and moist thermodynamics, radiative transfer, cloud microphysics, geostrophic flow, quasigeostrophic motion, atmospheric waves, and baroclinic instability.

Time
M W, 2-3:30
Location
McCone 325
Recommended text, but not required
Holton
Prerequisites
Mathematics 53, 54; Physics 7A, 7B, 7C
Grading
Homework 30%, Midterm I 20% (September 26, in class), Midterm II 20% (October 29, in class), Final 30% (December 13, 3-6)
Office hours
After class or by appointment (377 McCone Hall, romps@berkeley.edu)

Syllabus

8/27, Overview of the atmosphere
8/29, Conservation of mass
9/5, Conservation of momentum
  • Reading: Continue readings from 8/29
9/10, Conservation of energy
  • Reading: Wallace and Hobbs, chapter 3, section 3.3
  • Reading: Andrews, chapter 2, sections 2.1 and 2.2
  • Reading: Continue readings from 8/29
9/12, Example: Sound waves
  • Reading: Holton, chapter 7, sections 7.1, 7,2, and 7.3.1
9/17, Static stability and dry convection
  • Reading: Wallace and Hobbs, chapter 3, sections 3.2, 3.4, 3.6
  • Reading: Andrews, chapter 2, sections 2.3 and 2.5
9/19, Entropy and potential temperature
  • Reading: Andrews, chapter 2, sections 2.4 and 2.5
9/24, Water
  • Reading: Andrews, chapter 2, sections 2.7, 2.8, and 2.9
9/26, Midterm I
  • In class
  • Closed book
10/1, Examples: Subsidence and Bernoulli
  • Reading: None
10/3, Shallow-water equations
10/8, Coriolis force I
10/10, Coriolis force II
  • Reading: None
10/15, Balanced flow I
10/17, Balanced flow II
  • Reading: Continue reading from 10/8
10/22, Circulation I
10/24, Circulation II
  • Reading: Continue reading from 10/15
10/29, Midterm II
  • In class
  • Closed book
10/31, Radiative transfer
  • Reading: Hartmann, chapter 3, sections 3.1-3.4 and 3.6
  • Reading: WH, chapter 4, sections 4.1-4.3 and 4.5.1
11/5, Greenhouse effect
11/7, Vorticity I
11/14, Vorticity II
  • Reading: Continue reading from 10/22
11/19, Boussinesq equations
11/21, No class
  • Reading: None
11/26, Boundary layers I
  • Reading: Holton, chapter 5, sections 5.3.1-5.3.3
11/28, Boundary layers II
  • Reading: Holton, chapter 5, 5.3.4-5.3.6 and 5.4

Homework

  1. Due in class Wednesday, Sep 5: Homework 1, Solutions 1
  2. Due in class Monday, Sep 17: Homework 2, Solutions 2
  3. Due in class Monday, Sep 24: Homework 3, Solutions 3
  4. Due in class Wednesday, Oct 3: Homework 4, Solutions 4
  5. Due in class Monday, Oct 8: Homework 5, Solutions 5
  6. Due in class Monday, Oct 22: Homework 6, Solutions 6
  7. Due in class Monday, Oct 22: Homework 7, Solutions 7
  8. Due in class Monday, Nov 5: Homework 8, Solutions 8
  9. Due in class Wednesday, Nov 14: Homework 9, Solutions 9
  10. Due in class Monday, Nov 19: Homework 10, Solutions 10
  11. Due in class Wednesday, Dec 5: Homework 11, Solutions 11
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