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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Course Listing Meteorology 670  

Meteorology 670
11:670:101 Introduction to Meteorology (3) Overview of current weather maps. Structure of the atmosphere and the role of moisture in the development of dew, clouds, and precipitation. Air masses, fronts, cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Elements of forecasting, instrumentation, and communication.  This course satisfies the SAS Natural Sciences [NS] and Information Technology and Research [ITR] Learning Goals, and the SEBS [NS - physical science] and Information Technology and Research [ITR] Learning Goals.
11:670:102 Introduction to Climate Science (3) Major mechanisms influencing climate, including Earth's energy balance, water cycle, and atmospheric circulation; spatial distribution of climate and climate classification; natural climate variability, including El Niņo; post climate variations; and the carbon cycle and human-induced climate change.
This course satisfies the SAS Natural Sciences [NS] and the SEBS [NS-physical science] and [NS-environmental science] learning goals.
11:670:111,112 Weather, Climate, and Television (1.5,1.5) Provides a theoretical foundation of television broadcasting and meteorology to supplement the hands-on television experience gained from the WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community. By examining the history and characteristics of television, critical analyses of news and weather-related programming, and special topics pertaining to meteorology, students will gain a rounded understanding of the medium and its impact on the field of meteorology and broadcasting. This WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community academic course is required of all first-year residents. Pre- or corequisite for 111: 11:670:101. Prerequisite for 112: 11:670:111.
11:670:211 Meteorological Analysis (3)

Surface observation codes. Preparation of surface, upper air, and sounding charts. Forecast guidance, weather map interpretation, and preparation of weather forecasts. Map discussions.

Pre- or corequisite: 11:670:101.
11:670:212 Computational Methods for Meteorology (3) Introduction to the basic concepts of programming and computation for meteorology and earth science students. Elements of compiled and interpreted languages. Development of skills necessary for the reading, analyzing, and plotting of meteorological and climatic data. Prerequisite: 11:670:211 or permission of instructor.
11:670:296 Honors Seminar (3) The topic for each semester addresses current issues from the perspectives of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Open only to honors students (SEBS Honors Program, SAS Honors Program, and Honors College) or by permission of instructor. 
11:670:323 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere (3) Thermodynamics of the atmosphere, energy conservation, ideal gas law, water and its transformations, moist air, aerosols, hydrostatic stability and convection, vertical motion, cloud formation, and precipitation. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in 01:640:151 and 01:640:152 and [11:750:193 or (11:750:203 and 11:750:205)] and [11:750:194 or (11:750:204 and 11:750:206)]
11:670:324 Dynamics of the Oceans and the Atmosphere (3) Hydrodynamics of the atmosphere. Equations of motion on rotating earth. Vorticity, potential vorticity, and divergence. Boundary layer dynamics. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in 01:640:251; 11:670:323.
11:670:325 Special Topics in Meteorology (BA) Topics selected to meet specific needs.
11:670:334 Severe Weather Forecasting Field Trip (3) Techniques for the forecasting and safe observation of severe convection; case study analysis of observed events. Two-week field trip required.
Prerequisites: 11:670:211 and permission of the instructor.
11:670:414 Hydrologic Processes (3) Physical processes governing the occurrence and movement of water through the atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Techniques for collecting and analyzing hydrologic data and predicting the hydrologic states of particular systems. Prerequisites: 01:640:151; 01:750:194 or equivalent.
11:670:431 Physical Meteorology (3) Atmospheric optics; atmospheric radiation and applications to climate; atmospheric convection; cloud and precipitation formation; turbulence and boundary layer processes; atmospheric electricity. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in 01:640:251; 11:670:323.
11:670:433 Weather Analysis and Forecasting I: Synoptic Meteorology (4) Dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere applied to current weather situations and case studies. Cyclone and frontal theory, jet streams, and quasi-geostrophic diagnostics. Weather discussions, map analysis, and forecast preparation. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 11:670:211 and 324.
11:670:434 Weather Analysis and Forecasting II: Mesoscale Meteorology (3)

Real-time analysis and nowcasting of mesoscale atmospheric phenomena, including heavy snow, cold-air damming, severe weather, and flash floods. Case studies and weather discussions.

Laboratory.  Prerequisite: 11:670:433.
11:670:444 Tropical Meteorology (3) The dynamics and thermodynamics of the tropics, including regional and large-scale tropical circulations and their role in the global general circulation, tropical wave dynamics, convection and convective systems, synoptic, intraseasonal, and seasonal variability; monsoons, the El Niņo/Southern Oscillation, tropical cyclones, and hurricanes. Prerequisite: 11:670:324.
11:670:451 Remote Sensing of the Oceans and Atmosphere (3) Methods and instruments of observation of the ocean (temperature, salinity, currents, sea state, turbidity, and pollutants) and atmosphere (temperature, water vapor, ozone, clouds, and wind). Prerequisites: 01:640:251; 01:750:194 or equivalent.
11:670:453 Air Quality Modeling (3) A theoretical foundation to understand the principles and governing equations regarding chemical transformation and transport of atmospheric pollution; introduction to and practice in computer programming and numerical techniques as used in approaches to study the atmosphere. Prerequisites: 01:640:251 and (01:160:160 or 01:160:162 or [(01:160:159 or 01:160:161) and 11:670:212])
11:670:461 Climate Dynamics (3) The climate system and how it is changing due to natural and human causes, including past climate variations, El Niņo, global warming, climate modeling, nuclear winter, mitigation options, and geoengineering. Prerequisites: 11:670:324 and 431.
11:670:481 Applications in Industrial Meteorology (1) The applied research and project management skill sets used in industrial meteorology. Weather and climate effects on financial markets. Small applied research exercises that simulate authentic industry experiences. Critical appraisals of the methods used to apply weather and climate information in industry. Guest speakers from relevant weather-impacted industries and the Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick are typically included. Course may be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: 11:670:212.
11:670:493,494 Research Problems in Meteorology (BA,BA) Independent study on atmospheric projects. Topic and requirements to be determined individually with the supervising instructor.
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