12.811 Tropical Meteorology

Spring 2005

Moist convection.

Moist convection. (Image by Prof. Kerry Emanuel.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes, software tools, and study materials.

Course Description

This course describes the behavior and dynamics of the tropical troposphere, from the large-scale energy balance down to cumulus convection and tropical cyclones. 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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip, .m, and .fortran. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations. The .h files are header files and .in files are input data files.

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Prof. Kerry Emanuel

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session