General Circulation of the Earth's Atmosphere OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Grad-Level Course on the Earth's Atmosphere

Published Jan 11, 2009

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Students study the form and circulation of the Earth's atmosphere in the Massachussetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free 'General Circulation of the Earth's Atmosphere' graduate course. In this OpenCourseWare, students will learn various techniques for analyzing the atmosphere while utilizing lecture notes and practice exams to internalize the skills developed from this course. Students seeking a Master of Science Atmospheric Science will benefit from this course.

General Circulation of the Earth's Atmosphere: Course Specifics

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General Circulation of the Earth's Atmosphere: Course Description

This course examines how air movement within the Earth's atmosphere impacts various regions' climates, the greater the understanding of this natural phenomenon and the resulting accuracy of weather forecasts. This OpenCourseWare analyzes essential studies in this field and surveys their impact on the theories surrounding atmospheric circulation. Professor Peter Stone begins this course with analysis techniques then covers angular momentum, the water vapor budget and the energy cycle later on. This course features an extensive section of lecture notes that delve into each topic with detailed descriptive information and mathematical formulas applicable to various theories. In addition, students can use of a comprehensive list of reference material on atmospheric circulation and download practice tests for this course. Atmospheric modeling is a critical component of instruction. Students are strongly advised to take the OpenCourseWare, 'Dynamics of the Atmosphere' as a prerequisite.

Lecture notes, practice exams and the list of reference material are all available for free online. Students interested in this OpenCourseWare should visit the course home page.

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