12.811 Tropical Meteorology

As taught in: Spring 2005

Image of clouds.

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

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Kerry Emanuel

Course Features

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 NiƱo/Southern Oscillation; easterly waves; and tropical cyclones.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip, .m, .fortran, and .h. 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.