SES #  TOPICS  READINGS  LABS  KEY DATES 

1  Introduction  Introduction 
Lab experiment 0: Rotation stiffens fluids 

2  Characteristics of the atmosphere  Chapter 1  
3  Equation of state for the dry and moist air  Chapter 1  
4  Earth’s radiation budget  Chapter 2  
5  Greenhouse effect: I  Chapter 2  
6  Greenhouse effect: II  Chapter 2  Problem set 1 due  
7  Vertical structure of the atmosphere  Chapter 3  
8  Convection in water  Chapter 4 
Lab experiment 2: Convection 

9  Convection in water (cont.)  Chapter 4  Problem set 2 due  
10  Convection in water (cont.)  Chapter 4  
11  Dry convection in air  Chapter 4  
12  Potential temperature  Chapter 4  Problem set 3 due  
13  Moist convection in air: I  Chapter 4 
Lab experiment 1: Cloud formation on adiabatic expansion 

14  Moist convection in air: II  Chapter 4  Problem set 4 due  
15  Meridional structure of the atmosphere  Chapter 5  
16  Partial differential equations  Chapter 6  Problem set 5 due  
17  Radial inflow experiment  Chapter 6 
Lab experiment 3: Radial inflow 
Midterm due 
18  Equations of motion for nonrotating fluids  Chapter 6  
19  Equations of motion for rotating fluids  Chapter 6 
Lab experiment 4: Parabolic table 

20  Inertial motions  Chapter 6 
Lab experiment 5: Inertial circles 

21  Equations of motion on a sphere  Chapter 6  Presentations  
22  Geostrophic balance  Chapter 7  
23  TaylorProudman theorem  Chapter 7 
Lab experiment 6: Perrot’s bathtub experiment 

24  Thermal wind  Chapter 7 
Lab experiment 8: Thermal wind and Hadley circulation 

25  Ekman layers  Chapter 7 
Lab experiment 9: Slope of a frontal surface 
Problem set 6 due 
26  The general circulation of the atmosphere  Chapter 8 
Lab experiment 7: Taylor columns 

27  Physical characteristics of the ocean  Chapter 9  
28  The observed ocean circulation  Chapter 9  Problem set 7 due  
29  Ekman layers in the ocean  Chapter 10  
30  Ekman layers in the laboratory  Chapter 10 
Lab experiment 10: Ekman layers 

31  TaylorProudman on the sphere  Chapter 10 
Lab experiment 11: Atmospheric general circulation 
Problem set 8 due 
32  The wind driven ocean circulation  Chapter 10  
33  The abyssal ocean circulation  Chapter 11 
Lab experiment 12: Ekman pumping and suction 

34  Turbulent mixing and the abyssal ocean circulation  Chapter 12  
35  The atmospheric and oceanic energy budget  Chapter 12  
36  The Earth’s heat budget  Chapter 12  Problem set 9 due  
37  Review  
38  Review (cont.) 
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