Session 1

Lectures 1,2,3. April 3, 2009.

Lecture 1.

Overview of syllabus and logistics. Overview of Wikidot. Empirical cloud classifications (based on "commons.wikidot.com" site). Description of basic symbols used on weather maps to describe clouds. General overview of cloud importance and plan for the class based on files/clouds_importance.ppt

Lecture 2.

Cloud dynamics and physics overview. Cloud morphology, microphysics, dynamics on severe weather, climate, pollution. Based on Chapter 1 of Cotton /files/chapter1_cloudsoverview.pdf
/files/clouds_chapter1cotton.ppt

Lecture 3.

Thermodynamics 1. We used Skew-T Mastery software
http://meted.ucar.edu/mesoprim/skewt/ to introduce basics concepts such as mixing ratio, relative humidity, potential temperature.

There is material related to cloud thermodynamics in Chapters 2 and 4 of Cotton. However, subject of atmspheric thermodynamics is covered in several introductory books (somewhat overlapping). My favorite is probably Atmospheric Thermodynamics. By Craig F. Bohren, Bruce A. Albrecht. Edition: illustrated. Published by Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN 0195099044, 9780195099041. 402 pages.
http://www.amazon.com/Atmospheric-Thermodynamics-Craig-F-Bohren/dp/0195099044

Homework

http://clouds.wikidot.com/homework1

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