Courses in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (DIVISION 241)

Although AOSS 202 is offered through the College of Engineering, the course is approved by LS&A to earn LS&A credits and may be used to meet Natural Science distribution requirements. Other Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences courses are listed in the COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING BULLETIN, and in the Time Schedule as part of the offerings of the College of Engineering in the AOSS subsection and may be elected by LS&A students as a part of non-LS&A course work. These other courses do not help meet LS&A distribution requirements. Students who have a serious professional interest in the field should consult the department (2233 Space Research Building, 764-3335).

202. The Atmosphere. (3). (NS).

SECTION 001 Climate Change and Weather. There is a real possibility that the climate of the 2000's will be dramatically different from today's. The climate change portion of this course investigates what changes are forecast in temperature, precipitation and storminess in the coming century and how climatic and meteorological variability may influence our way of life. Topics include: origins of the atmosphere, natural and unnatural climatic variability, global atmospheric circulation, and the role of air pollution. In the weather portion topics include: the science and art of weather forecasting and photographic and video presentations on severe weather topics including lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Grades are based on three hourly exams each covering one-third of the material and a final report based on an analysis of either personal weather observations or weather folklore interviews. (Samson)

SECTION 002 Hazards in the Air! This section considers three subjects of urgent concern to all of us. "Ozone and Toxics!" will examine air pollution in smog near the ground, ozone in the stratosphere, and the Ozone Holes near the poles, as well as toxic gases that are released into the air, or are formed there. "Wild Weather!" will examine hazardous weather patterns: how they happen, how they are spotted, what they can do, and what to do about them. "Climate in the Greenhouse!" will examine how the greenhouse effect works, what causes it, how it may affect the Earth's climate, and possible consequences for human beings. (Barker, Kuhn, Samson)


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