Meteorology/Climatology Courses

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ACE Outcomes
Prereqs:
MATH 101 or equivalent.
METR 140 will not count toward the major in METR.
Meteorological basics to help understand ice storms, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, droughts, and other unusual weather.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Conceptual process of climate change, environmental quality and earth energy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
MATH 101 or equivalent.
Physical behavior of the atmosphere; elements of weather and climate and their distribution over the earth. Weather map analysis and forecasting. Atmospheric circulation, precipitation processes, severe weather, air pollution, and the use of weather radar. Concepts of weather forecasting.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 220, GEOL 472, METR 205, NRES 370, NRES 452, NRES 479
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Conceptual foundations for synoptic and dynamic meteorology. Meteorological data analysis, the dynamics of atmospheric motions, and atmospheric thermodynamics.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 223, METR 311, METR 323, METR 341, METR 415, METR 433, METR 443, METR 464, METR 475
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CSCE 155N; METR 205; MATH 107 or 109H or parallel.
Basic thermodynamic concepts relevant to atmospheric processes, atmospheric stability, and cloud and precipitation micro-physics.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 433, METR 471
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Equations of thermodynamics, momentum, and continuity derived and applied to atmospheric motion. Energy conservation, flows, and conversions.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 458, METR 312, METR 471
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Applications of the principles of dynamic meteorology to the problems of forecasting and meteorological problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Physical principles that provide the foundation for meteorology. Absorption, scattering, and transmission of radiation in the atmosphere, atmospheric optics, atmospheric electricity, and lightning.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 463, METR 465
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Dynamic and thermodynamic concepts and principles applied to synoptic-scale weather forecasting. Dynamics, energetics, structure, evolution, and motion of extra-tropical cyclones. Meteorological communications, interpretation and analysis of weather maps, and thermodynamic diagrams.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 442
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 370
Basic and Applied ClimatologyCrosslisted as NRES 370
Prereqs:
Processes that give rise to spatial and temporal differences in climate. Various interrelationships between humans and climate. Influence of climate on building styles, the economy, water resources, human health, and society. Humans' inadvertent and purposeful modification of the atmosphere.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 454, NRES 452, NRES 479
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 399H
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation; candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences; and permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 408/808
Microclimate: The Biological EnvironmentCrosslisted as AGRO 408/808, GEOG 408/808, HORT 408/808, NRES 408/808, WATS 408
Prereqs:
Junior standing, MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics, major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering; or permission.
Physical factors that create the biological environment. Radiation and energy balances of earth's surfaces, terrestrial and marine. Temperature, humidity, and wind regimes near the surface. Control of the physical environment through irrigation, windbreaks, frost protection, manipulation of light, and radiation. Applications to air pollution research. Instruments for measuring environmental conditions and remote sensing of the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing; MATH 106 or 108H; METR 205 and 475/875; PHYS 211 or 211H; PHYS 221.
Development of the atmospheric circulation regimes, from planetary scale (e.g., the planetary waves) to synoptic scale (e.g., the cyclones and anticyclones) and mesoscale, their seasonal variations, and their roles in horizontal and vertical energy and water transports and budgets in the Earth system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 428/828
Prereqs:
6 hrs. METR and CHEM 109.
Basic processes (e.g., emission, transport, first-order chemical reaction, and deposition) associated with air pollution and their combination with meteorology for air quality forecasting. Environmental topics: acid rain; smog; air pollution; ozone hole; greenhouse gases; aerosols; long-range transport; civic regulations and international treaties on air pollution; and climate change.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Basic concepts of atmospheric turbulence and fundamental dynamics, thermodynamics, and structure of the atmospheric boundary layer are discussed.  Atmospheric boundary layer parameterizations used in modern weather and climate models are presented.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Analysis and forecasting of subsynoptic-scale weather systems. Convection, thunderstorm models, severe local storm forecasting techniques, mesoscale convective complexes, vertical cross-sections, isentropic analysis, and weather radar.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Dynamics of various types of severe weather (blizzards, flash floods, lightning, thunderstorms and winter and summer tornado outbreaks). Interpretation of the numerical and statistical models utilized to forecast these phenomena. Synoptic case studies of severe weather occurrences. Recent research on severe weather.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 450/850
Climate and SocietyCrosslisted as AGRO 450/850, GEOG 450/850, NRES 452/852
Prereqs:
METR 200 or NRES 370 or equivalent.
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Impact of climate and extreme climatic events on society and societal responses to those events. Global in scope and interdisciplinary.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs METR and MATH 107/107H.
Application of univariate statistics, hypothesis testing, statistical forecasting, forecast verification, time-series analysis, principal component analysis, and cluster/multivariate analysis to atmospheric data for different applications in the atmospheric sciences (from short-term weather forecast to long-term climate prediction).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 463/863
Prereqs:
The fundamental principles of weather radars and the basic application of these principles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 464/864
Prereqs:
Concepts and principles related to meteorological observations from satellites. Applications for weather analysis and forecasting.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Principles of atmospheric radiation and techniques for satellite image processing. Application of data calibration, image registration and enhancement, noise filtering and multi-spectral classification of satellite imageries. Survey of various satellite sensors used for monitoring different atmospheric processes and constituents.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 469/869
Bio-Atmospheric InstrumentationCrosslisted as AGRO 469/869, GEOG 469/869, HORT 407/807, MSYM 469/869, NRES 469/869
Prereqs:
Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Maintenance of the climate system and climate change over time. Global budgets of energy, water, and momentum and their balance. Development of simple, physically-based models of climate and of climate change.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
METR 471/871
Prereqs:
Atmospheric phenomena unique to the tropics, and their connection to the global circulation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 475/875
Prereqs:
Global energy and water balance regimes of the earth and its atmosphere. Utilization of physical laws to reveal causes and effects of interrelationships in the climatic system.
This course is a prerequisite for: METR 483
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 478/878
Regional ClimatologyCrosslisted as NRES 878/478
Prereqs:
NRES/METR 370.
Regional differentiation of the climates of the earth on both a descriptive and dynamic basis. The chief systems of climatic classification.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 479/879
HydroclimatologyCrosslisted as NRES 479/879, WATS 479
Prereqs:
Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Interaction between earth’s climate and the hydrologic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaporation, snowmelt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydrologic cycle.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 483/883
Global Climate ChangeCrosslisted as NRES 467/867
Prereqs:
Junior standing; MATH 106/106B/106H; 5 hrs PHYS; METR 475/875.
METR 483/883/NRES 467/867 is offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Elements of climate systems, El Nino/LaNina cycle and monsoons, natural variability of climate on interannual and interdecadal scales. Paleoclimate, and future climate, developed climate change scenarios and climate change impacts on natural resources and the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs METR or 6 hrs GEOL.
How the Earth's climate has varied and the forcing mechanisms related to those changes. Themes that reappear through Earth's climate history and into the future; causes of climate change; the natural response times of the multiple components; and the role of greenhouse gases within the climate system at differing time scales.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Pass/No Pass only. Only 3 cr hrs of METR 495 may be applied to the major and/or minor in METR.
Application of meteorology-climatology learning with on-the-job training.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Prior agreement with instructor and permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 499H
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation, candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences, and permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Equations of thermodynamics, momentum, and continuity are derived and applied to atmospheric motion. Energy conservation, flows, and conversions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Applications of the principles of dynamic meteorology to the problems of forecasting and meteorological problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Physical principles that provide the foundation for meteorology. Absorption, scattering, and transmission of radiation in the atmosphere, cloud physics, precipitation process, atmospheric optics, atmospheric electricity, and lightning.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Dynamic and thermodynamic concepts and principles applied to synoptic-scale weather forecasting. Dynamics, energetics, structure, evolution, and motion of extra-tropical cyclones. Meteorological communications, interpretation and analysis of weather maps, and thermodynamic diagrams.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MATH 221/821 or MATH 221H; PHYS 142 or equivalent
Foundation and maintenance of earth’s climate system and its variation over time. Climate modeling.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 24
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 907
Agricultural ClimatologyCrosslisted as AGRO 907, HORT 907, NRES 907
Prereqs:
NRES 808; STAT 801 or equivalent
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Analysis and use of climatological data as applied to agricultural activities and the use of climatological information to assist in decision making.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
METR 908
Solar Radiation Interactions at the Earth’s SurfaceCrosslisted as AGRO 908, HORT 908, NRES 908
Prereqs:
MATH 208; NRES 808 or equivalent or permission
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. Quantitative study of radiative transfer to the earth’s surface and subsequent interactions of radiation with vegetative components and underlying surfaces. Applications of canopy radiative modeling and remote sensing techniques, particularly in understanding land-surface processes, are discussed.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
METR 423/823; MATH 221/221H/821; and permission
Theory of scattering by atmospheric particles (e.g., clouds, aerosols, and molecules), atmospheric radiative transfer equations, and techniques for solving these equations. Atmospheric transfer of both solar and terrestrial radiation. Numerical experiments with radiative transfer models and comparison with observations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
METR 433/833, or equivalent
Investigate the physical processes involved in land-atmosphere interactions, focusing on the coupling between land surfaces (especially the soil and vegetation cover) and the atmospheric boundary layer.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
METR 411/811 and 412/812, or equivalent
Advanced concepts related to severe convective storms. Tornado-genesis, super-cell formation, rotation, movement, morphology, quasi-linear convective systems, deep convective initiation, hail, mesoscale convective systems, and RKW (Rotunno-Klemp-Weisman) theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Climates of the past emphasizing the Quaternary period. Paleogeographic changes in response to climatic fluctuations. Techniques for recording and reconstructing past climatic variations. Modeling the changing climate. Climatic changes and human affairs.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom