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Meteorology (METEO)

METEO 434 Radar Meteorology (3) Fundamental operating principles of radars, with application to observation of meteorological phenomena.

METEO 434 Radar Meteorology (3)

Students will learn the basic operation principles of weather radar as it affects the taking and interpreting of measurements of weather phenomena. To achieve this ability, students must master concepts of radar design and operation, electromagnetic propagation through and scattering by atmospheric constituents, and the characteristics of atmospheric scatterers. With these tools in hand, the class will focus on interpreting weather phenomena. One-third of each lecture will be dedicated to the discussion and interpretation of student-provided radar images. Students will actively participate in the class through bringing radar observations to class for discussion. They will be required to access data from the World Wide Web, organize it for a computer-based presentation, do an in-class presentation and lead the subsequent discussion. Students should have a basic background in electromagnetic theory, such as can be acquired in a physical meteorology course (METEO 437), as well as have either completed or be co-registered for a mesoscale meteorology class (METEO 414). Students will be evaluated based on class participation, homework and two exams.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: METEO 437
Concurrent: METEO 414

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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