Atmospheric Dynamics II

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Course Code: 
MET 2201
Course Credit Units: 
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

This course continues the study of basic concepts of atmospheric dynamics and kinematics begun in Atmospheric Dynamics I. The topics covered are: quasi-geostrophic motion analysis, simple wave motion, boroclinic instabilities, and numerical weather prediction

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Explain qualitatively the meaning of trajectories and streamlines, and derive their differential equations and solve them for some simple flows,
  •  Explain the quasi-geostrophic approximation to the equations of motion, and discuss its implications and limitations for synoptic scale atmospheric motion.
  •  Perform linearization of the equations of motion.
  •  Describe the difference between linear and non-linear waves.
  •  Describe the various linear waves that are supported by the equations of motion, and discuss their relevance to synoptic scale motion.
  • Determine the conditions under which waves become unstable,
  • Explain the concept of potential vorticity and its usefulness as tool for understanding fluid motion,
  • Describe the various instability processes in the atmosphere, and their relevance for the growth of synoptic scale disturbances. 
Atmospheric Dynamics II
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