Tropical Meteorology

Buoyant ascent of warm, moist air.

Moist convection. (Image courtesy of Prof. Kerry Emanuel.)


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Spring 2011



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Course Description

This course describes the large-scale circulation systems of the tropical atmosphere and analyses the dynamics of such systems. Topics include: Radiative-convective equilibrium; the Hadley and walker circulation; monsoons; tropical boundary layers; theory of the response of the tropical atmosphere to localized sea-surface temperature anomalies; intraseasonal oscillations; equatorial waves; El Niño/Southern Oscillation; easterly waves; and tropical cyclones.

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Kerry Emanuel, and Allison Wing. 12.811 Tropical Meteorology, Spring 2011. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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