ATS 635 - General Circulation 3 hrs.
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, 551
ATS 651 - Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics II 3 hrs.
Wave motions in the atmosphere with emphasis on Rossby, Kelvin and gravity waves. Systematic scaling of primitive equations to develop quasi-geostrophic and Ekman-layer theory. Shallow water theory, stratified flows, and barotropic and baroclinic instability. Prerequisites: ATS 551
ATS 652 - Synoptic Meteorology 3 hrs.
Analysis, interpretation and forecasting synoptic-scale and mesoscale phenomena, including air masses, frontal systems, cyclones, anti-cyclones, tropical cyclones and associated mesoscale phenomena. Emphasis on the use of remotely-sensed data from satellites, radars and profilers using state-of-the-art workstations. Prerequisites: ATS 541, 551
ATS 655 - Boundary Layer Meteorology 3 hrs.
General survey of atmospheric boundary layer properties. Individual topics include a review of turbulence theory, convective and stable boundary layers, surface processes, boundary layer discontinuities, cloud-topped mixed layers, modeling, and parameterization. A variety of UA Huntsville instruments are utilized extensively to enhance understanding of ABL processes. Prerequisites: ATS 541, 551
ATS 656 - Tropical Meteorology 3 hrs.
Course draws together concepts in the dynamics and climatology of the tropical atmosphere, and of significant precipitation systems in the Tropics. Topic areas include synoptic climatology, dynamics of tropical flows (e.g., Kelvin waves, Equatorial flows), convective scale dynamics, island meteorology, tropical cyclones, and the forces driving tropical circulations (e.g., ENSO, radiative-convective equilibrium, latent heating distributions, gregarious cloud systems). Prerequisites: ATS 541, 551
ATS 670 - Satellite Remote Sensing I 3 hrs.
Covers a broad range of topics concerning digital image processing applied to the remote sensing of atmospheric, cloud and surface properties. Topics include image interpretation, radiometric and geometric enhancement of satellite imagery, supervised and unsupervised classification techniques, image transformations, textures, atmospheric correction, calibration and navigation of satellite imagery. Prerequisites: MA 238, PH 112 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
ATS 671 - Ground-Based Remote Sensing 3 hrs.
Basic principles of active and passive ground-based remote sensing systems; Doppler and polarization diversity weather radars, wind profiling radars, lidars, Doppler sodar, and passive radiometer systems. Ground-based remote sensing techniques that probe atmospheric composition, atmospheric structure and processes; extensive hands on usage of a variety of ground-based remote sensing instruments. Prerequisites: ATS 541
ATS 675 - Atmospheric Data Assimilation 3 hrs.
Data assimilation methods and concepts; Topics in objective analysis, interpolation and initialization, as relevant to numerical weather prediction and data analysis; Emphasis on variational methods, successive correction, optimal interpolation, adjoint and gradient concepts, general estimation theory, and assimilation approaches for various types of observations; Other concepts: singular vectors, Kalman filters and nudging, applications with 1D and 2D assimilation. Prerequisites: ATS 541, 551
ATS 681 - Numerical Atmospheric Modeling 3 hrs.
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: ES 551 or ATS 551
ATS 690 - Selected Topics in Atmospheric Science 3 hrs.
Selected topics of interest not included under other courses. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. When Offered: All semesters
ATS 699 - Master's Thesis 3 or 6 hrs.
Required each semester a student is enrolled and receiving direction on a masters thesis. Minimum of two semesters required.
ATS 740 - Cloud Processes 3 hrs.
Theory and observation of the bulk micro physical composition and kinematic structure of various cloud types, including fog. Topics include: precipitation formation processes in warm and cold clouds, interactions among dynamical, micro physical and radiative processes within cloud systems, the dynamics of thunderstorm systems and hurricanes, and remote sensing applications of clouds and precipitation. Prerequisites: ATS 541, 551
ATS 761 - Atmospheric Radiation II 3 hrs.
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 - Micro particle Optics and Radiometry 3 hrs.
Contemporary issues in the propagation of electromagnetic radiation. Emphasis on interactions with particulate matter and micro structures, including micro particle cavity resonances. Applications in remote sensing, aerosol & cloud climatology, photonics, astronomy & astrophysics, biomedical optics, and spectroscopy. Topics will include: Maxwells equations, Kramers-Kronig analysis, Mueller matrices & Stokes vectors, Rayleigh theory, scattering & absorption by single & multi sphere systems, near & internal fields, geometric optics approximations,discrete dipole approximation, and T-matrices. Prerequisites: ATS 561 or consent of instructor.
ATS 770 - Satellite Remote Sensing II 3 hrs.
Analysis and interpretation of satellite data: AVHRR, GOES, SSM/I, ERBE and LANDSAT. Topics include retrieval and analysis of earth radiation budget, cloud liquid water, land and ocean temperatures, vegetation characteristics, cloud optical properties, biomass burning fire patterns, smoke and dust aerosols, and advanced cloud classification techniques and applications to NASAs Mission to Planet Earth. Prerequisites: ATS 670
ATS 780 - Seminar 1 hr.
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. When Offered: Fall This course may not be used to meet minimum degree requirements.
ATS 781 - Student Seminar 1 hr.
Speakers are invited to report on research relevant to the field of atmospheric science. Students are expected to attend at least six seminars and to make a 15-minute conference-type presentation on a research topic in atmospheric science selected in agreement with their advisor and write a short description of the presentation. When Offered: Spring This course may not be used to meet minimum degree requirements.
ATS 782 - Professional Development 1 hr.
Special topics concerning professional ethics, writing scientific journal articles, proposals and resumes, preparing budgets, publish or perish quality vs. quantity, personal relationships in the workplace, research administration, funding agencies, stress and burnout. This course may not be used to meet minimum degree requirements.
ATS 790 - Selected Topics in Atmospheric Science 1 or 3 hrs.
Selected topics of interest not included under other courses. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.
ATS 799 - Doctoral Dissertation 3, 6, or 9 hrs.
Required each semester student is enrolled and receiving direction on a doctoral dissertation.
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