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.
*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.