Teaching

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Academic:
Course Name: Tropical Meteorology (EAS 4860/6860)
Instructor: Prof. Toby Ault (toby "dot" ault "at" cornell.edu)
Department: EAS
Lecture: T/Th, 10:10-11:25am
Office Hours: By appointment
Lab: W, 1:25-4:25am
Level: Junior/Senior and early graduate career
Grading: 50% lab, 25% final, 15% mid-term, 10% in-class participation.

Course Description:
This course examines the atmospheric processes responsible for inducing variations in tropical weather and climate on daily to interannual timescales. Computer lab visualization and numerical modeling exercises deepens student understanding of tropical meteorology, develop programming proficiency, and enhance scientific writing skills.

Objectives:
• Understand the theoretical underpinnings of tropical weather and climate and their connection to the global circulation.
• Develop computer programming skills to analyze and visualize tropical meteorological and climatological data.
• Improve expertise in technical scientific writing and style.
• Refine presentation skills.

Topics Covered:
1) Overview of tropical climatology and its relationship to global climate.
2) Radiative-Convective heat transfer and equilibrium
3) Zonally-averaged circulation
4) Tropical responses to diabatic heating
5) Equatorial waves
6) Walker Circulation
7) El Niño, La Niña and the Southern Oscillation
8) Monsoons
9) Tropical cyclones
10) The tropics in global climate models and their importance to climate change

Course Name: Climate Dynamics (EAS 3050/5050)
Course Description: This class covers the basic physical processes that govern "climate." Fundamentally, the course is designed around the goal of quantitatively and qualitatively characterizing how energy flows through the climate system, and how this flow of energy in turn gives us the habitable world we enjoy today. We will also connect energy balance to many of the interesting meteorological phenomena we observe on our planet.

Course Name: Climate & Energy (EAS 1101)
Course Description: This course is designed as an introductory survey of the science needed to tackle two of the biggest issues facing humankind this century: the specter of climate change and civilization’s insatiable demand for energy.