12.333 Atmospheric Dynamics


Class Info

Discusses the dynamics of the atmosphere, with emphasis on the large scale. Topics include zonally symmetric circulations and the tropical Hadley circulation; internal gravity waves; balanced flows, potential vorticity conservation and Rossby waves; stability of zonal flows; baroclinic instability and extratropical storms; tropical waves, the Walker circulation, and El Niño and the Southern Oscillation; and the role of eddies in the general circulation. Students taking graduate version complete different assignments.

This class has 8.03, 12.003, and 18.03 as prerequisites.

12.333 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by .

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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