Tropical Circulation Systems

Content: Each week a topic (Hadley Cell, Monsoon, Walker Cell, etc.) will be addressed through a discussion of the literature and some lecture material on background concepts.  Students are expected to thoroughly read and understand one paper were lecture.

Learning outcomes: Students should develop a strong understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of major tropical circulation systems, ranging from the Hadley and Walker Cells to the Monsoon, tropical cyclones, and tropical waves and theories for the placement of tropical convergence zones. In so doing they are expected to also develop an idea of areas of contemporary research on this topic

Formal requirements for participation: An understanding of basic concepts in geophysical fluid dynamics, and atmospheric thermodynamics.

Is this course included in the current curriculum?