Clouds and Climate

The Romps Group at the University of California, Berkeley

EPS 181, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Fall 2016
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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
Online version available from UC Berkeley here
Prerequisites
Mathematics 53, 54; Physics 7A, 7B, 7C
Grading
Homework 30%, Midterm I 20% (September 26, in class), Midterm II 20% (October 26, in class), Final 30% (December 15, 3pm-6pm, McCone 325)
GSI
Alex Charn (269 McCone Hall, alexcharn5@berkeley.edu)
GSI office hours
TBD
Romps office hours
After class or by appointment (377 McCone Hall, romps@berkeley.edu)

Syllabus

8/24, Overview of the atmosphere
8/29, Conservation of mass
8/31, Conservation of momentum
  • Reading: Continue readings from 8/29
9/7, 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
9/14, 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
9/21, Water
  • Reading: Andrews, chapter 2, sections 2.7, 2.8, and 2.9
9/26, Midterm I
  • In class
  • Closed book
9/28, Examples: Subsidence and Bernoulli
  • Reading: None
10/3, Shallow-water equations
10/5, Coriolis force I
10/10, Coriolis force II
  • Reading: None
10/12, Balanced flow I
10/17, Balanced flow II
  • Reading: Continue reading from 10/8
10/19, Circulation I
10/24, No class
    10/26, Midterm II
    • In class
    • Closed book
    10/31, Circulation II
    • Reading: Continue reading from 10/19
    11/2, 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
    11/7, Greenhouse effect
    11/9, Vorticity I
    11/14, Vorticity II
    • Reading: Continue reading from 11/9
    11/16, Reynolds averaging
    11/21, 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
    11/30, Review
    • Reading: Your notes

    Homework

    1. Due in class Wednesday, Sep 7: Homework 1, Solutions 1
    2. Due in class Monday, Sep 19: Homework 2, Solutions 2
    3. Due in class Monday, Oct 3: Homework 3, Solutions 3
    4. Due in class Wednesday, Oct 5: Homework 4, Solutions 4
    5. Due in class Monday, Oct 17: Homework 5, Solutions 5
    6. Due in class Wednesday, Oct 19: Homework 6, Solutions 6
    7. Due in class Monday, Nov 7: Homework 7, Solutions 7
    8. Due in class Monday, Nov 14: Homework 8, Solutions 8
    9. Due in class Monday, Nov 21: Homework 9, Solutions 9
    10. Due in class Monday, Nov 28: Homework 10, Solutions 10
    11. Due Wednesday, Dec 7: Homework 11, Solutions 11
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