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ASCI 517 : Advanced Meteorology

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Advanced Meteorology
A graduate-level treatment of major topics in meteorology. Topics include, but are not limited to: atmospheric circulation, the derivation and application of the equations of motion, the hydrostatic equation, atmospheric kinematics, derivation of the equation of continuity, the equation of state, basic concepts of thermodynamics, the mid-latitude cyclone; and mesoscale phenomena such as deep moist convection and locally forced circulations, development of thermal wind, and fundamental concepts in weather analysis and forecasting. The student will produce basic atmospheric analyses using conventional, satellite, and radar information. An overview of aviation weather hazards will be covered, and students will be introduced to the use of numerical weather prediction model products in weather forecasting applications.

This course is designed to assist the professionally oriented student in carrying out responsibilities in aviation/aerospace related endeavors by providing an advanced comprehensive understanding and operational application of current meteorological concepts, current tools, and experimental technologies currently employed and under development to mitigate the impacts of weather on current and anticipated near-future aviation operations and the NAS.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Apply the basic and derived units of meteorological measurements.

2. Calculate atmospheric stability parameters using basic thermodynamic diagrams.

3. Apply the concepts of air masses, fronts, and weather analysis to the movement of weather systems in the atmosphere.

4. Evaluate the life cycle of a middle latitude cyclonic storm.

5. Describe how the dynamic processes in the atmosphere relate to the development and dissipation of extra tropical cyclones.

6. Analyze the movement and changes of upper level dynamic patterns that influence surface weather patterns which create hazards to aviation, features such as troughs, ridges, and jet streaks affect surface weather patterns, and where within the atmosphere environment hazards to aviation can be found.

7. Evaluate satellite and radar imagery techniques in weather analysis and forecasting.

8. Demonstrate the use of observational data, pilot reports, weather analysis, and satellite and radar information in making safe aviation/aerospace decisions.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. James Edward Lilly - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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