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.
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,
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
Wallace J., and P. Hobbs, 2006: Atmospheric Science, 2nd edition.
60% 2 exams
Review of atmospheric thermodynamics;
Homogeneous and heterogeneous condensation;
Cloud condensation nuclei;
Microphysics of warm clouds;
Microphysics of cold cloud;
Weather modification and cloud seeding;
Hurricanes; Organization of clouds;
Clouds and entrainment;
Convection and shear instabilities;
Similarity, scaling, and dimensional analysis;
Surface energy balance;
Monin-Obukhov similarity theory;
Land surface models;
Vertical structure of PBL;
Evolution of PBL over land and ocean;
Surface effects on PBL;
Scattering and Absorption; Reflection and Refraction;
Radiances and Fluxes; Radiative Transfer;
Earth Radiation Budget; Greenhouse effect.
Notes and rcClass presentations(password
First Law of Thermodynamics
Entropy and Potential
Stability of Dry Air
Saturation Vapor Pressure
Moist Static Stability
Effect on Saturation
Diurnal Cycle over land; Surface Energy budget
Special Effects in PBL
Transmission of radiation. GH Effect.
Americans with Disabilities Act
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability
that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support
Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128,
(631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are
necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their
needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For
procedures and information, go to the following web site.
Academic Integrity Statement
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be
personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another
person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For
more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including
categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic
judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/
Adopted by the Undergraduate Council
September 12, 2006