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Meteorology (METR)

METR 121    Meteorology    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

An introduction to the elements of the atmosphere, severe storms, atmospheric environmental issues, the interdependence between human life and the atmosphere, and rudimentary forecasting of basic weather systems. A self-paced laboratory is required. (2 hour lecture; 1 hour lab) Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS, E-SL | NS, SL

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; fall 2022

METR 122    Aviation Meteorology    3 Hours

The emphasis of the course will be on weather elements and their measurements, weather instruments, weather codes needed by aviators, weather effects upon flying, and weather hazards of aviation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

METR 322    Global Climate Systems    4 Hours

Analyzes the elements of climate and their world distribution with emphasis on the climatic controls and processes; surveys the influences of climates on environment; introduces climatic classification systems and climatological regions of the world. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SY

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status and METR 121

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

METR 324    Weather Analysis and Forecasting    3 Hours

Analysis of the atmosphere using satellite and radar imagery. Weather forecasting techniques using surface and upper air data are also examined. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): METR 121

Equivalent(s): METR 424

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

METR 325    Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurement    3 Hours

Introduces the purpose, operation, and application of meteorological instrumentation and the treatment of meteorological measurements.

Prerequisite(s): METR 121

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2022

METR 335    Satellite/Radar Meteorology    3 Hours

An introduction to remote sensing specific to the atmospheric sciences. Specific attention is given to analysis, diagnostic, and prognostic determinations using various satellites, as well as surface and space-based active radar systems. Specific applications focus on synoptic and mesoscale phenomena, including large-scale kinematics and morphology, clouds, derived radar interpretation, precipitating systems, and precipitation measurement.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

METR 422    Physical Climatology    3 Hours

Addresses the complexity of climactic processes at various spatial and temporal scales. Budgets of energy, water, and momentum, and soil-plant-atmosphere interactions at the earth's surface are explored from both a theoretical and practical point of view.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324 with a minimum grade of C and MATH 237 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

METR 424    Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting    2 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Provides preparatory and debriefing in-class time for METR 425, Field Methods in Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting. Students will use this in-class time prior to departure to learn about course expectations, travel logistics, and to practice forecasting current events. Students will use this in-class time upon return to debrief the field component, archive all data, and develop applied research projects for future use.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324 and permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): METR 425

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

METR 425    Field Methods in Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting    4 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Provides an intensive, comprehensive field-based weather analysis and forecasting experience that focuses on all forms of severe weather, including tornadoes. Students will travel across the Great Plains collecting and analyzing weather data, predicting severe convective thunderstorms, and formulating logistical plans to document forecast outcomes each day. Students will also have the opportunity for applied learning approaches in leadership, collaborative team-building, and professional aptitude development.

Prerequisite(s): (METR 324 and permission of instructor)

Corequisite(s): METR 424

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2021

METR 426    Applied Meteorology / Climatology    3 Hours

This course offers a practical insight into the influence of meteorology and climatology on everyday life. Environmental problems caused by changes in the atmosphere are also examined. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): METR 121

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

METR 430    Meteorological Computing    3 Hours

Introduction to Python-based skills for meteorological data manipulation, processing, and visualization. Mainstream meteorological data sources and formats (e.g., ASCII, CSV, GRIB, NetCDF) will be involved in weather analysis and map generation.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324 and CS 170

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2022

METR 431    Dynamic Meteorology I    3 Hours

Introduction to large-scale dynamics of the Earth's troposphere focusing on fundamental topics, the basic governing equations of motion in the atmosphere, and dry thermodynamics.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324 with a minimum grade of C and MATH 237 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

METR 432    Synoptic Meteorology    3 Hours

Addresses the analysis and prediction of large-scale weather systems, such as extra-tropical cyclones, fronts and jet streams through the application of fundamental dynamical concepts of meteorology.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324 with a minimum grade of C and MATH 237 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2022

METR 433    Dynamic Meteorology II    3 Hours

Analysis of phenomena related to large scale dynamics of the Earth's troposphere including thermodynamics, elementary applications of the basic equations, and circulation and vorticity.

Prerequisite(s): METR 431 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2022

METR 437    Mesoscale Meteorology    3 Hours

Addresses the analysis and prediction of convective and mesoscale phenomena, such as mesoscale convective systems, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Prerequisite(s): METR 432 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

METR 438    Physical Meteorology    3 Hours

Addresses the microscopic processes related to cloud formation, radiative transfer, precipitation processes and dry and moist thermodynamics.

Prerequisite(s): METR 431 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2022

METR 439    Atmospheric Modeling    3 Hours

An introduction to numerical weather and climate modeling techniques and models, with focus on modeling fundamentals, including dynamics, physical parameterizations, grids and resolutions, model structures and components. Includes hands-on experience with designing numerical experiments, configuring and running model simulations, post-processing model outputs, and visualization.

Prerequisite(s): METR 324 with a minimum grade of C and CS 170 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

METR 460    Climate Teleconnections    3 Hours

Analysis of the climate impacts and physical mechanisms of atmospheric and oceanic teleconnections that commonly affect weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): (METR 322 or METR 324)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

METR 475    Selected Topics in Meteorology    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 12 hrs)

A study of a selected problem under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022