Tropical Meteorology OpenCourseWare: A Free Grad-Level Course by MIT on the Study of the Tropical Troposphere

Published Jan 11, 2009

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Students explore the physical characteristics of the tropical troposphere with MIT's free online graduate course 'Tropical Meteorology'. In this OpenCourseWare, students will use special software to examine tropical phenomena, including cyclones and El Niņo. Graduate students seeking a Master of Science in Meteorology will find valuable preparatory information in this course.

Tropical Meteorology: Course Specifics

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Tropical Meteorology: Course Description

The 'Tropical Meteorology' course provides an understanding of the tropical troposphere, including knowledge of various climate-related occurrences and those with disastrous effects. This OpenCourseWare will examine these occurrences, their behavior and dynamics and the troposphere's role. Professor Kerry Emmanuel will guide students through a lecture-formatted look at topics, such as zonally-averaged circulation, El Niño and interseasonal oscillations. Students will need MATLAB and FORTRAN software to run some of the files provided by this OpenCourseWare to conduct mathematical and scientific study. The course also covers monsoon patterns and related observations. Students are introduced to hurricane forecasting. Students pursuing a Master of Science in Meteorology should take MIT's OpenCourseWare, 'Dynamics of the Atmosphere' as a prerequisite for this course.

This course provides lecture notes, study materials and recommended background reading material on the tropical troposphere. Those interested in this OpenCourseWare should visit the tropical meteorology course home page.

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