Meteorology Courses

MT 5150 Air Quality - 3 graduate credits
Encompasses an extensive overview of the science of Air Quality. Topics include atmospheric chemistry, air quality meteorology and forecasting techniques, air pollution sources, sinks and effects (atmospheric, environmental), including an examination of historical and current policy issues relevant to each topic. Spring term of even years. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor. This course is co-listed as MT 4150 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5200 Transportation Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
Students will learn the various weather systems that affect different modes of transportation. In particular we will study road weather, aviation meteorology, and oceanic meteorology. Advanced weather analysis and forecasting skills will be applied in order to make forecasts tailored to various industries. Spring term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science and any computer programming course or consent of the instructor.


MT 5280 Synoptic Meteorology II - 3 graduate credits
Intermediate weather analysis and forecasting techniques are used to understand synoptic-scale weather systems with an emphasis on structure and evolution of extratropical cyclones. Topics include: climatology of mid-latitude surface and upper-air flow regimes and extratropical cyclogenesis; life cycle of extratropical cyclones including frontal evolutions; application of hydrodynamical equations and balanced systems to weather analysis and forecasting; ageostrophic winds; jet streak circulations. Students participate in weekly forecasting exercises culminating in a quantitative precipitation forecasting exercise at the end of the semester. Additional course fee required. Spring term. Corequisite: MT 5320/4320 or equivalent. This course is co-listed as MT 4280 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5310 Dynamic Meteorology I - 3 graduate credits
This course is an introduction to geophysical fluid dynamics including the development of the fundamental equations governing atmospheric motion, basic approximations, simplified flows, and physical interpretation of the corresponding theory. Fall term. This course is co-listed with MT4310 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5320 Dynamic Meteorology II - 3 graduate credits
This course will cover the advanced topics in geophysical fluid dynamics including circulation theory, vorticity, planetary boundary layer, quasi-geostrophic theory, stratospheric dynamics and introductory numerical modeling concepts. Spring term. Prerequisite MT 5310/4310. This course is co-listed with MT4320 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5330 Satellite Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
This course will provide students with a broad overview of the theory and application of satellite data. Course begins with a short history of meteorological satellites. This will be followed by sections of satellite orbits and navigation, and types of currently operating satellites. Later sections discuss radiative transfer theory, meteorological sensor packages and types of data, image interpretation, wind measurements, and atmospheric soundings. Fall term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor.


MT 5340 Radar Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
This course will provide a broad overview of the hardware/theory behind the application of meteorological radar data. The course will begin with a short history of radar meteorology, which will be followed by a brief summary of the radar hardware and theory applicable to meteorological use and interpretation - beam spreading, ducting, anomalous propagation, etc. The differences between reflectivity, Doppler, and polarimetric measurements will also be discussed. Much of the remainder of the course will be used to cover the different levels of Doppler radar data, the available products for each level, algorithms used to automatically analyze these data, and application to real world problems, such as quantitative precipitation estimates and severe local storms detection. Spring term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor.


MT 5350 Boundary Layer Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamentals of atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) behavior; where the atmosphere is highly influenced by the earth's surface. The student will develop an appreciation for the role of the ABL in the overall dynamics of the atmosphere. Specifically, students will come to understand the importance of fluxes in the ABL, the general diurnal structure of the ABL, the principles of turbulent flow, including Monin-Obukhov similarity theory, the application of Reynolds averaging and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) dissipation. Fall term. Prerequsite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmsopheric Science or consent of the instructor.


MT 5400 Numerical Weather Prediction - 3 graduate credits
Acquaints students with the concepts, procedures, theory, and problems associated with numerical weather prediction through discussion and by writing computer programs to process both real and simulated data. Covers the mathematical basis for various analysis and predictive techniques and their benefits and/or limitations. Students learn about the configuration and capabilities of current operational numerical analysis and prediction models. Fall term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science, any computer programming course, or the consent of the instructor. This course is co-listed as MT 4400 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5410 Atmospheric Physics - 3 graduate credits
This course will provide an application of the basic laws of physics to atmospheric processes. Topics discussed include gravitational effects, properties of atmospheric gases, cloud physics, solar and terrestrial radiation, atmospheric electricity and optical and acoustical phenomena. Fall term. This course is co-listed as MT4410 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5420 Tropical Weather and Climate - 3 graduate credits
An in-depth view of various topics related to tropical weather and climate, including tropical climatology, easterly waves, tropical cyclones, monsoons, El Nino, La Nina and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and other types of tropical variability. Spring term of odd years. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor. This course is co-listed as MT 4420 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5430 Climate Change - 3 graduate credits
This course will provide an overview of the methods for examining climate change. Included are time series analysis and climate proxies such as tree-ring analysis, oxygen-18/oxygen-16 ratios, pollen and carbon-14 dating. Also covered are a variety of possible causal factors such as orbital variations, plate tectonics, volcanic eruptions, CO 2 variations and El Nino. The results of paleoclimatic modeling are also discussed. This course is co-listed as MT4430 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5450 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
Use of advanced analytical techniques for multiscale weather systems throughout the globe with an emphasis on synoptic-scale, mid-latitude weather. Topics include: forecasting applications of the quasi-geostrophic height tendency and omega equations, frontogenesis, Q-vector analysis, isentropic analysis, Hovmoller diagrams, potential vorticity concepts and the use of dynamic tropopause maps. Weekly weather discussions and forecasting exercises focus on these advanced techniques and areas of current or future applied research topics. Recent articles in the scientific literature are reviewed and used throughout the course. Fall term. Prerequsite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor. This course is co-listed as MT4450 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5470 Micrometeorology - 3 graduate credits
Students will study the processes involving the exchange of momentum, heat and moisture between the lowest portion of the atmosphere and the underlying surface of the earth. Topics will include: local energy budgets, soil heat transfer, the planetary boundary layer, turbulence, and neutral and diabatic surface layers. Spring term of even years. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor. This course is co-listed as MT4470 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5480 Mesoscale Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
Focuses on the detailed descriptive aspects of mesoscale phenomena and processes with an emphasis on the structure. Defines what is meant by the term 'mesoscale' and to what kinds of systems it applies. Deals with internally generated mesoscale circulations. Examines various mesoscale convective systems. Discusses externally forces mesoscale systems. Using observational cases, covers terminology, characteristics, and behavior of mesoscale events. Spring term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor. This course is co-listed as MT 4480 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5550 Topics in Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
Covers material related to a major subdiscipline in Meteorology that is not covered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated with a different topic so that students can receive exposure to a variety of subject areas. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. These may or may not be co-listed as MT 4550 in the undergraduate curriculum.


MT 5600 Computer Applications in Meteorology - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed as an intense introduction to the technological tools and techniques used by professional meteorologists in the analysis and display of meteorological and environmental data. Students will learn programming methodology and become proficient in the use of a number of open source and commercial software packages. Fall term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science and any computer programming course or consent of the instructor.


MT 5700 Graduate Seminar Meteorology - 1 graduate credits
Provides graduate students with a forum to publicly present and discuss their results from literature reviews, case studies, and/or research. Interdisciplinary topics will also be presented. This is a required course for all MS in Applied Meteorology students. This course can be repeated for credit three times for a total of three credits. Fall and spring terms.


MT 5800 Thesis Research - 1-6 graduate credits
Students will develop and present a thesis research proposal, conduct detailed research, write a thesis and defend the research before a faculty committee. Signature of the faculty supervisor and the Meteorology Graduate Program Coordinator is required. All terms.


MT 5910 Independent Study/Research - 1-3 graduate credits
Studies undertaken will be defined by students and subject to approval by appropriate staff members. Work may involve reading; conferences; historical, experimental or theoretical projects; field investigation; statistical surveys; combinations of the foregoing or other activities deemed appropriate. Students may work in a physical or biological science or in interdisciplinary areas. Students may not be granted more than three credits. Consent of a faculty supervisor, department chair and the Associate Vice President is required. All terms.

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