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Selected list of courses

"ATS/ESS 471/571 Introduction to Radar Meteorology" - (3 CH)

The course presents an introduction to the principles of radar meteorology, including weather radar operations, hardware, interpretation and analysis. Doppler, dual-polarization and dual-wavelength radar theory, methods and applications are covered. Hands-on exploration of radar data and imagery is extensively utilized to reveal the structure, processes and properties of a variety of storm types and weather events. Applications include identification of precipitation types, quantification of precipitation amounts, interpretation of wind circulations in clouds and the clear-air, and the analysis of severe storms attributes.

"ATS 554 Forecasting Mesoscale Processes" - 3 hrs.
Detection and forecasting of atmospheric mesoscale phenomena, including the structure and evolution of clouds, precipitation (including floods), thunderstorms and severe weather. Includes basics on instruments used to detect mesoscale phenomena, most notably satellite and radar. Based mainly on computerized modules and related exercises. Prerequisite: ATS 551. Spring

"ATS 672 Dual Polarization Radar Meteorology (3 CH)"

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‐polarization radar operations and data processing considerations. Overall emphasis will be placed on hydro‐meteorological and convective weather applications; specifically, precipitation measurement and hydrometeor identification. Example applications include rain rate estimation, drop size determination, hail identification, tornado detection, snow vs. rain delineation, and cloud electrification studies. Student use of the UAH ARMOR and MAX dual-polarization radars will be incorporated into the classroom learning experience.

ATS 690 Precipitation Physics for Radar (3 CH)"
Observations, theory and physical models of precipitation characteristics and processes utilized in radar remote sensing applications.  Topics include detailed characterization of precipitation size distribution, shape, fall mode, density and dielectric for a variety of hydrometeor types, including rain, ice crystals, snow, graupel and hail.  Advanced treatment of physical processes important for precipitation development and evolution including collision-coalescence, raindrop break-up, raindrop freezing, size sorting, aggregation, riming, hail growth modes, and melting.  Radar observations and models will be utilized to explore advanced concepts in precipitation physics.”

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