Courses Taught


Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences (ATMS 404)
The course is an introduction to concepts and methods of quantitative risk analysis in the Earth system. Key concepts will include probability, impacts, risk, uncertainty, statistical estimation, and decision making. Students will use simple risk analysis methods to apply these concepts to example problems related to drought, flooding, weather extremes, and anthropogenic climate change. The students will learn the R programming language for statistical computing, which will be used to integrate concepts and methods using observational data sets and climate/weather model output.


Physical Oceanography (ATMS 491)
The course will include descriptive and quantitative analyses of the physical properties and dynamics of the global oceans. Key concepts will include: physical properties of sea water, wind-driven and themahaline circulations, heat storage and transport, vertical diffusion and upwelling, water mass formations, ocean-atmosphere interactions, equatorial dynamics, and the role of the ocean in Earth's climate system.


General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean (ATMS 491)
Introduction to the general circulation of Earth's atmosphere and ocean. The course will include descriptive and quantitative analyses of the main features of the large-scale circulation patterns of the atmosphere and ocean, and we will examine the processes and feedbacks that control variability in the coupled Earth system.


Dynamic Meteorology (ATMS 500)
Introduction to fundamental topics in atmospheric dynamics. We will apply fundamental physical principles to analyze the structure and large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere. Topics will include: equations of motion and balanced flows, vorticity dynamics, atmospheric waves, quasi-geostrophic theory, baroclinic instability, and tropical circulations.


Professional Development (ATMS 571)
Aimed at professional development in the atmospheric sciences so that students recognize the importance of breath of knowledge, effective oral and written scientific communication, and other skills they will need as professionals.