EAS 4450: Synoptic Meteorology


This course provides an introductory overview of the structure, evolution, and dynamics of atmospheric phenomena having large spatial (e.g. 2,000–6,000 km) and temporal scales (e.g. several days to a week). Phenomena of study include: extratropical cyclones and anticyclones, fronts, and winter storms. Dynamical tools such as QG theory, isentropic analysis, and potential vorticity are presented with emphasis on weather analysis and forecasting applications. The course structure includes a mixture of lectures, weather briefings, and lab assignments along with an end-of-course project that synthesizes topics that have been presented during the semester. (Syllabus)

EAS 4803/8803: Mesoscale Dynamics


This 3-hr credit course provides an introductory overview of the structure, evolution, and dynamics of atmospheric mesoscale phenomena having spatial scales between meso-γ and meso-α (2–2,000 km) and temporal scales of minutes to days. Topics include atmospheric instabilities, air mass boundaries (e.g. synoptic fronts, drylines, gust fronts, sea-breeze fronts), deep moist convection (e.g. single-cellular, multicellular thunderstorms, mesoscale convective systems, tornadoes, microbursts), and other natural hazards (e.g. hurricanes). The phenomena are analyzed through examination of observation and modeling data, conceptual models and theories, multi-media case studies, and active learning sessions. (Syllabus)

EAS 4656: Atmospheric Dynamics Practicum


This laboratory course is designed to help students understand the structure and dynamics of the atmosphere. This ‘applied course’ provides students with an opportunity to study historical and real-time weather events by utilizing theoretical principles presented in Atmospheric Dynamics EAS–4655 (or Introductory Fluid Dynamics and Synoptic Meteorology EAS–6502). Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will have a greater physical understanding of how the atmosphere behaves and will be equipped to conduct diagnostic assessments of the atmosphere. (Syllabus)

EAS 4801/8801: WxChallenge Seminar

weather_modelsThe purpose of this seminar is to provide an opportunity for Georgia Tech’s weather and climate enthusiasts consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff to meet weekly to discuss weather forecast techniques and strategies. To this end, the seminar will consist of a mixture of weather map discussion, forecasting lectures, and invited guest talks by meteorologists and atmospheric scientists. (Syllabus)

EAS 4801: Hurricanes Seminar

A variety of hurricane-related topics are discussed including: tropical cyclone genesis, intensification, hurricane structure, climate impacts, forecasting techniques, and prospects for extended predictability. During the first 15-20 minutes of each seminar, a map discussion is given that will provide an overview of the current state of the tropics with a focus on past and current tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic. Following the weather briefing, a presentation will be given on the scheduled topic for the day with the intention that it spur an open-floor discussion on possible avenues for additional research and/or forecasting-related improvements. (Syllabus)