Meteorology 342 - Spring 2019

Atmospheric Physics II

Instructor: Xiaoqing Wu

Meeting time and place: MWF 10-10:50 am, G541 Agronomy Hall

Office: 3011 Agronomy Hall

Office hours: MW 11am - noon


Phone: (515) 294-9872

Course Objectives

This course will cover cloud physics, atmospheric radiation and radar meteorology with emphasis on understanding the basic concepts and physical processes. Clouds and convection are recognized as an essential component of the global climate system. Cloud systems affect incoming and outgoing radiant energy through processes of reflection, absorption and emission. Organized convection, through the release of latent heat and the redistribution of heat and momentum, has an important role in the coupling of large-scale dynamical and thermodynamical processes. Tropical precipitating cloud systems are considered to be a key factor in the surface energy budget through the modification of radiative fluxes and heat fluxes at the ocean surface. Building a solid foundation in physical principles and developing self-learning and thinking skills are the goals.

Course Design

Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate actively in the learning process. As in any professional organization, absences should be justified and promptness is standard procedure. Your homework should be done with pride and submitted on time. The policy for late assignments is stated below.






Course Outline

1. Cloud Physics

2. Droplet Formation

3. Droplet Growth

4. Initiation of Rain

5. Formation & Growth of Ice Crystals

6. Rain and Snow

7. Radar Meteorology

8. Atmospheric Radiation

Students Needing Disability Accommodation

Iowa State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodations Request (SAAR) form from the Disabilities Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624), located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.