Conditional and convective instability 
Conditional and convective instability
by IIT Madras
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Date Added: February 16, 2015

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Course Index

  1. Introduction to Atmospheric Science
  2. Atmosphere - A Brief Survey: Pressure, Temperature and Chemical composition)
  3. Atmosphere - A Brief Survey: Vertical structure of the atmosphere
  4. Vertical structure of atmosphere contd ... and The Earth system - Oceans
  5. The Earth system – Oceans Contd... and Marine biosphere
  6. The Earth system – Hydrological cycle
  7. The Earth system – Hydrological cycle contd ... and Carbon cycle
  8. The Earth system – Carbon cycle contd..., and Carbon in the oceans Earth's crust
  9. The Earth system -- Carbon in the oceans Earth's crust
  10. Atmospheric Thermodynamics- Introduction
  11. The hydrostatic equation
  12. Hypsometric equation and pressure at sea level
  13. Basic Thermodynamics
  14. Concept of air parcel and dry adiabatic lapse rate
  15. Potential temperature
  16. Skew-T ln-P chart
  17. Problems using Skew-T ln-P chart
  18. Problems using Skew-T ln-P chart
  19. Problems using Skew-T ln-P chart
  20. Lifting Condensation Level (LCL)
  21. Lifting condensation level Contd...
  22. Saturated Adiabatic and Psuedo-adiabatic processes
  23. Equivalent potential temperature and wet bulb potential temperature
  24. Normand's rule - Chinook winds
  25. Problems on Chinook wind and static stability
  26. Static stability-Brunt-Visala frequency
  27. Conditional and convective instability
  28. Static stability - Problems using radiosonde data and skew T ln P chart
  29. The second law of thermodynamics – Clausius Clapeyron relation
  30. Clausius Clapeyron relation contd..
  31. Atmospheric radiation – Radiation laws
  32. Planck's distribution and Inverse square law
  33. Physics of scattering, emmision and absorption
  34. Physics of scattering, emmision and absorption contd...
  35. Radiative Transfer Equation – Derivation
  36. Radiative Transfer Equation contd..
  37. Radiative heating profiles of the atmosphere
  38. Climate Dynamics – Introduction
  39. Climate sensitivity and feedback
  40. Climate change
  41. Atmospheric dynamics

Course Description

This is a science and engineering course in introduction to Atmospheric Science, by Science Prof. C. Balaji, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras.

Course outline:
Introduction: The components of the climate system- oceans, cryosphere, terrestrial biosphere, earth’s crust and mantle, Role of various components in climate, Hydrological cycle, Carbon cycle, Brief history of climate and the earth system

Atmospheric thermodynamics: Gas laws, Hydrostatic equation, First law, Adiabatic processes, Water vapour in air, Static stability, Second law and entropy, atmospheric dispersion

Radiative transfer: EM spectrum, Radiation laws, Physics of absorption, emission and scattering, Radiative transfer in atmosphere, Planetary radiation budget, Introduction to Remote Sensing

Atmospheric Dynamics: Equations of motion, Geostrophic approximation, Atmospheric General Circulation

Atmospheric Boundary Layer: Surface energy balance and bulk aerodynamic formulae- Vertical structure

Climate dynamics: Present day climate- Climate variability – Climate sensitivity and feedback – Global warming – Climate monitoring and prediction


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