Phy 6211 Atmospheric Physics Credit - 3

Structure and composition of the atmosphere, solar and terrestrial radiation, heat balance; Layers of the atmosphere; Atmospheric parameters, dry and moist air, virtual temperature, hydrostatic and hypsometric equations.

Thermodynamics of the atmosphere: Adiabatic lapse rate, potential and equivalent potential temperatures, air stability and instability, thermodynamic diagrams.

Cloud formation and types, thunderstorms and lightning, precipitation processes; Front and air masses.

Atmospheric instruments; Meteorological analysis.