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Meteorology

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Courses primarily for undergraduate students

Mteor 111. Synoptic Applications. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in Math 165. Current weather discussions and introduction to synoptic-scale interpretation of meteorology. Application and use of calculus in meteorology. Course restricted to majors. Others with permission of instructor.

Mteor 160. Water Resources of the World. (Cross-listed with Geol, Env S, Agron). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Study of the occurrence, history, development, and management of world water resources. Basic hydrologic principles including climate, surface water, groundwater, and water quality. Historical and current perspectives on water policy, use, and the role of water in society and the environment.

Mteor 201. Introductory Seminar. (1-0) Cr. R. F.An overview of the atmospheric sciences, the meteorology program at Iowa State, and the major research journals used in the discipline.

Mteor 206. Introduction to Meteorology. (Cross-listed with Agron). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.Basic concepts in meteorology, including atmospheric measurements, radiation, stability, precipitation, winds, fronts, forecasting, and severe weather. Applied topics include global warming, ozone depletion, world climates and weather safety. Self-study laboratory assignments utilize interactive computerized exercises, worksheets and computerized real-time forecasting. Self-study section may be available to distant education students.

Mteor 227. Computational Meteorology I. (3-1) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Mteor 206, credit or concurrent enrollment in Phys 221. An introduction to computer programming using FORTRAN with focus on meteorological applications. Emphasis on basics of good programming techniques and style through extensive practice in top-down design, writing, running, and debugging small programs. Topics include operations and functions, selective execution, repetitive execution, arrays, input/output, file processing, and subprograms. This course is designed for majors.

Mteor 265. Scientific Balloon Engineering and Operations. (Cross-listed with Aer E). (0-2) Cr. 1. F.Engineering aspects of scientific balloon flights. Integration of science mission objectives with engineering requirements. Operations team certification. FAA and FCC regulations, communications, and command systems. Flight path prediction and control.

Mteor 298. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the department cooperative education coordinator; sophomore classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing the work period.

Mteor 301. General Meteorology. (4-0) Cr. 4. S.Prereq: Math 166, credit or enrollment in Phys 222. Global distribution of temperature, wind, and atmospheric constituents; atmospheric thermodynamics, radiative transfer, global energy balance, storms and clouds, introductory dynamics. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 311. Introduction to Synoptic Meteorology. (1-2) Cr. 2. F.Prereq: 301. Concepts of weather map plotting and analysis. Introduction to forecasting and to the use of real-time UNIDATA computer products. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 321. Meteorology Internship. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Prereq: 311; junior or senior standing; permission of co-op program coordinator; acceptance by sponsoring agency. Supervised practical experience in a professional meteorological agency. Experiences may include providing weather information for radio, TV, utilities, government agencies, construction, or agribusiness.

Mteor 324. Energy and the Environment. (Cross-listed with Env S, Geol). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Origin, occurrence, and extraction of fossil fuels. Nuclear, wind, and solar energy. Energy efficiency. Environmental effects of energy production and use, including air pollution, acid precipitation, groundwater contamination, nuclear waste disposal, and global climate change. Mteor 324 does not count toward credits required in the meteorology major.

Mteor 341. Atmospheric Physics I. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Phys 222, credit or enrollment in Math 266. Basic laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamics of water vapor, mixtures of gases, stability, hydrostatics, cloud physics. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 342. Atmospheric Physics II. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 341. Precipitation physics, radar, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric optics, atmospheric electricity. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 398. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the department cooperative education coordinator; junior classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing the work period.

Mteor 402. Watershed Hydrology. (Dual-listed with 502). (Cross-listed with Agron, EnSci, Geol, NREM). (3-3) Cr. 4. F.Prereq: Four courses in physical or biological sciences or engineering; junior standing. Examination of watersheds as systems, emphasizing the surface components of the hydrologic cycle. Combines qualitative understanding of hydrological processes and uncertainty with quantitative representation. Laboratory emphasizes field investigation and measurement of watershed processes. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 404. Global Change. (Dual-listed with 504). (Cross-listed with Agron, EnSci, Env S). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Four courses in physical or biological sciences or engineering; junior standing. Recent changes in global biogeochemical cycles and climate; models of future changes in the climate system; impacts of global change on agriculture, water resources and human health; ethical issues of global environmental change. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 405. Environmental Biophysics. (Dual-listed with 505). (Cross-listed with Agron, EnSci). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2011.Prereq: Math 166 or equivalent. Hornbuckle. The physical microenvironment in which organisms live, with an emphasis on the processes of energy and mass (water and carbon) exchange between organisms and their environment and the quantitative models that are used to represent these processes. Temperature, water, and wind. Heat, mass, and radiative transport. Applications to animals, plants, and plant communities.

Mteor 406. World Climates. (Cross-listed with Agron, EnSci). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Agron/Mteor 206. Arritt. Distribution and causes of different climates around the world. Effects of climate and climate variations on human activities including society, economy and agriculture. Current issues such as climate change and international efforts to assess and mitigate the consequences of a changing climate. Semester project and in-class presentation required. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 407. Mesoscale Meteorology. (Dual-listed with 507). (Cross-listed with Agron). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2010.Prereq: Math 166 and Mteor 454. Gallus. Physical nature and practical consequences of mesoscale atmospheric phenomena. Mesoscale convective systems, fronts, terrain-forced circulations. Observation, analysis, and prediction of mesoscale atmospheric structure.

Mteor 411. Synoptic Meteorology. (Dual-listed with 511). (1-4) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 454. Current weather forecasting and discussion. Applications of atmospheric physics and dynamics in real-time weather situations. Use of UNIDATA computer products. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 417. Mesoscale Forecasting Laboratory. (Dual-listed with 517). (1-5) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 411. Real-time computer analysis of current weather, with emphasis on small-scale features. Studies of severe weather, lake-effect snow, CSI, cold-air damming. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 432. Instrumentation and Measurements. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in Stat 105, Math 266, Phys 222. Measurement of meteorological variables and instruments used, including surface, upper air, and remote sensors; measurement errors, signal processing, recording and archiving; quality assurance. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 443. Dynamic Meteorology I. (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: 341. Conservation laws, governing equations, circulation and vorticity. Development of quasi-geostrophic theory. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 452. Physics of Climate. (Dual-listed with 552). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Mteor 301. Exploration of the fundamental physical principles that govern the climate systems of the Earth and other planets. Emphasis on coupled, nonlinear-system interactions of physical processes such as circulation dynamics, radiative transfer, and cloud/precipitation physics, starting with fairly simple 0- and 1-dimensional analytical and numerical models based on energy, mass, and momentum conservation. Observational study of seasonally evolving weather patterns that form climates around the world. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 454. Dynamic Meteorology II. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: 443. Planetary boundary layer, linear perturbation theory, atmospheric wave motions, baroclinic and convective instability, mesoscale circulations. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Mteor 471. History of Modern Meteorology. (Dual-listed with 571). (1-0) Cr. 1. Alt. S., offered 2010.Prereq: Mteor 341, 342, 411, 443, 452. Development of meteorological theories and numerical weather prediction, discoveries of important meteorological phenomena, and impact of weather and climate on important historical events.

Mteor 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.Prereq: 6 credits in meteorology, permission of instructor. No more than 9 credits in Mteor 490 may be counted toward graduation.
A. Synoptic Meteorology.
B. Dynamic Meteorology.
C. Physical Meteorology.
D. Instrumentation.
E. Hydrology.

Mteor 498. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS.Prereq: Permission of the department cooperative education coordinator; senior classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.

Mteor 499. Senior Research. (2-0) Cr. 2. F.Required of all senior meteorology majors. Research projects in collaboration with faculty. Written and oral presentations of results at the end of the semester.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

Mteor 502. Watershed Hydrology. (Dual-listed with 402). (Cross-listed with EnSci, Geol). (3-3) Cr. 4. F.Prereq: Four courses in physical or biological sciences or engineering; junior standing. Examination of watersheds as systems, emphasizing the surface components of the hydrologic cycle. Combines qualitative understanding of hydrological processes and uncertainty with quantitative representation. Laboratory emphasizes field investigation and measurement of watershed processes.

Mteor 504. Global Change. (Dual-listed with 404). (Cross-listed with Agron, EnSci). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Four courses in physical or biological sciences or engineering; junior, senior, or graduate standing. Recent changes in global biogeochemical cycles and climate; models of future changes in the climate system; impacts of global change on agriculture, water resources and human health; ethical issues of global environmental change.

Mteor 505. Environmental Biophysics. (Dual-listed with 405). (Cross-listed with Agron, EnSci). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2011.Prereq: Math 166 or equivalent. Hornbuckle. The physical microenvironment in which organisms live, with an emphasis on the processes of energy and mass (water and carbon) exchange between organisms and their environment and the quantitative models that are used to represent these processes. Temperature, water, and wind. Heat, mass, and radiative transport. Applications to animals, plants, and plant communities. Semester project required.

Mteor 507. Mesoscale Meteorology. (Dual-listed with 407). (Cross-listed with Agron). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2010.Prereq: Math 166 and Mteor 454. Gallus. The physical nature and practical consequences of mesoscale atmospheric phenomena. Mesoscale convective systems, fronts, terrain-forced circulations. Observation, analysis, and prediction of mesoscale atmospheric structure. Semester project and in-class presentation required.

Mteor 511. Synoptic Meteorology. (Dual-listed with 411). (1-4) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 454. Current weather forecasting and discussion. Applications of atmospheric physics and dynamics in real-time weather situations. Use of UNIDATA computer products.

Mteor 517. Mesoscale Forecasting Laboratory. (Dual-listed with 417). (1-5) Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 411. Real-time computer analysis of current weather, with emphasis on small-scale features. Studies of severe weather, lake-effect snow, CSI, cold-air damming.

Mteor 518. Microwave Remote Sensing. (Cross-listed with Agron, E E). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2010.Prereq: Math 265 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Hornbuckle. Microwave remote sensing of Earth's surface and atmosphere. Overview of relevant electromagnetic theory and antenna theory. Planck emission and the radiative transfer equation. The electrical properties of natural materials at microwave frequencies. Specific examples include remote sensing of atmospheric temperature and water vapor, precipitation, and soil and vegetation water content.

Mteor 542. Physical Meteorology. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2009.Prereq: 342, Math 266, Phys 222. Planetary atmospheres, radiative equilibrium models, radiative transfer, the upper atmosphere, remote sounding from satellites.

Mteor 543. Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2010.Prereq: 455. The first half of a two semester sequence. Governing equations, scale analysis, simple types of wave motion in the atmosphere, instability theory.

Mteor 544. Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2010.Prereq: 543. Continuation of 543. General circulation and dynamics of zonally symmetric circulations, atmospheric energetics, nonlinear dynamics of planetary waves.

Mteor 552. Physics of Climate. (Dual-listed with 452). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.Prereq: Mteor 301. Exploration of the fundamental physical principles that govern the climate systems of the Earth and other planets. Emphasis on coupled, nonlinear-system interactions of physical processes such as circulation dynamics, radiative transfer, and cloud/precipitation physics, starting with fairly simple 0- and 1-dimensional analytical and numerical models based on energy, mass, and momentum conservation. Observational study of seasonally evolving weather patterns that form climates around the world.

Mteor 561. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2009.Prereq: 455 or E M 378 or M E 335 or Phys 361. Basic concept of rotating fluid dynamics, governing equations and boundary conditions, dynamics of vorticity, potential vorticity and geostrophic motion, wave motion in a rotating system, dynamics of Ekman and Stewartson layers, ocean circulation.

Mteor 571. History of Modern Meteorology. (Dual-listed with 471). (1-0) Cr. 1. Alt. S., offered 2010.Prereq: Mteor 341, 342, 411, 443, 452. Development of meteorological theories and numerical weather prediction, discoveries of important meteorological phenomena, and impact of weather and climate on important historical events.

Mteor 590. Special Topics. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Topics of current interest.
A. Boundary-layer Meteorology
B. Tropical Meteorology
C. Mesoscale Meteorology
D. Global Climate Systems
E. Climate Modeling
F. Numerical Weather Prediction
G. Satellite Observations
H. Statistical Methods in Meteorology
I. Field Observations
J. Low Frequency Modes
K. Cloud Physics
L. Atmospheric Radiation
M. Hydrology

Courses for graduate students

Mteor 605. Micrometeorology. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2009.Prereq: 443. Atmospheric boundary layer, structure and dynamics. Turbulence, soil influences, measurements and empirical relations for wind and temperature profiles near the ground. Simulation of boundary layer structure and dynamics.

Mteor 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.