MAR 593
Atmospheric Physics
Fall 2014

Tue/Thu 4:00-5:20 pm
Endeavour 158

The course will focus on physical aspects of moist deep and shallow convection, cloudy and cloud-free planetary boundary layers, turbulence and introduction into similarity theory and dimensional analysis, cloud and precipitation physics, cloud climate feedbacks, radiation and clouds, among others.

The course does not strictly follow any textbook. Therefore, it is important to take class notes.


Marat Khairoutdinov

Office hours

By email appt; Endeavour 121



Here is a short list of recommended texts:

Garratt, J. R., 1992: The Atmospheric Boundary Layer.
Salby, M. L., 1996: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics.
Rogers, R. R., and M.K. Yau , 1989: A Short Course in Cloud Physics, 3rd edition.
Emanuel, K., 1994: Atmospheric Convection.
Stull, R. B., 1988: An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology
Fleagle, R. G., and J. A. Businger, 1980: An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics.
Wallace J., and P. Hobbs, 2006: Atmospheric Science, 2nd edition.


60%  2 exams
40%  homework


Review of atmospheric thermodynamics;
Homogeneous and heterogeneous condensation;
Cloud condensation nuclei;
Microphysics of warm clouds;
Microphysics of cold cloud;
Weather modification and cloud seeding;
Thunderstorm electrification;
Hurricanes; Organization of clouds;
Clouds and entrainment;
Convection and shear instabilities;
Reynolds averaging;
Similarity, scaling, and dimensional analysis;
Surface energy balance;
Diurnal cycle;
Monin-Obukhov similarity theory;
Land surface models;
Vertical structure of PBL; 
Evolution of PBL over land and ocean;
Surface effects on PBL;
Blackbody Radiation;
Scattering and Absorption; Reflection and Refraction;
Radiances and Fluxes; Radiative Transfer;
Earth Radiation Budget; Greenhouse effect.

Notes and rcClass presentations(password required)

First Law of Thermodynamics
Entropy and Potential Temperature
Stability of Dry Air
Saturation Vapor Pressure
Moist Variables
Moist Static Stability
Droplet Curviture Effect on Saturation
Kohler Theory
Rain Formation
Ice Microphysics
Boussinesq Approximation
Surface Layer
Diurnal Cycle over land; Surface Energy budget
Mixed-Layer Growth
Special Effects in PBL
Soil Moisture
Transmission of radiation. GH Effect.
Climate Sensitivity

Useful Videos

Simulation of Homogenious Nucleation of Droplets
Simulation of Freezing of Water
Lightning: Stepped Leader
Evolution of PBL from Lidar

Homework (password required)

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