Tropical Meteorology

Buoyant ascent of warm, moist air.

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

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

12.811

As Taught In

Spring 2011

Level

Graduate

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Course Features

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.

Emanuel, Kerry, and Allison Wing. 12.811 Tropical Meteorology, Spring 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-811-tropical-meteorology-spring-2011 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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