ATMS 360 Atmospheric Instrumentation [main page] [assignments] [presentations] [previous notes 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 2017].

 


Week 13: 23 April

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

We will continue with Arduino and breadboarding electronic components.
We will work with the temperature, pressure, and IR sensors this week.
Do the data analysis of assignment 5 between class meetings and as homework over the weekend.

Assignment 5 has been posted.

 

 

 

 

Week 12: 16 April

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

We will continue with Arduino and breadboarding electronic components.
We will work with the temperature, pressure, and IR sensors this week.
Do the data analysis of assignment 5 between class meetings and as homework over the weekend.

Assignment 5 has been posted.

Week 11: 9 April

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

We will continue with Arduino and breadboarding electronic components.

Assignment 5 has been posted.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10: 2 April

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

We will start with Arduino and breadboarding electronic components.

Assignment 5 has been posted.

Notes from Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9: 26 March

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

We will continue working on assignment 4. You should have finished all of the graphs and time constant measurements from week 7.

Assignment 4 will be due on April 3rd. Bring questions to class. We will start Assignment 5 on April 3rd.

Notes from class on 27 March 2018. Click on image for larger version.

 

 

 

Week 8: 11 March

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

If you have a laptop computer it may be helpful to bring it to class.

We will continue working on assignment 4. You should have finished all of the graphs and time constant measurements from week 7.

See you Tuesday.

Thursday: We did the following for the second part of lab 4.

Went to the subbasement level. Started sounding equipment. Stayed at that level for 'warm up'.
Next we went up the stairs to the 4th floor. Stayed in the main room for a few minutes. Went outside for 5 minutes or so (the temperature sensor will show this).
Next we went back inside on the 4th floor and discussed the measurements going on at that level of the building, for 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the pressure sensor to warm up again.
Then we returned to the subbasement level and stayed there for 5 to 10 minutes before turning the sensors off.

Here are the notes for the building height measurements to use when comparing with the height derived from the pressure measurements, click image for larger version.

 

 

 

Week 7: 4 March

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

If you have a laptop computer it may be helpful to bring it to class.

We will continue working on assignment 4.

Notes from Tuesday class.

Examples of Graphs Needed:

 

Related Information

First, we have Atmospheric Science talks at noon and 4 pm on Wednesday March 7th in the Physics conference room. The first on in on the history and future of weather forecasting, and the second is on the climate of the monsoon associated with the southwestern US. The speaker is Dr. Salvatore Pascal from the Princeton Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

The second speaker is Dr. S. James Gates of the University of Maryland. He is a world-renowned Physicisit that studies how the universe works. He will have an informal discussion with undergrad and grad students from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Thursday March 8th in the Physics Conference room, LP208. He also will have a public lecture at 7 pm in DMS main conference room.

These talks provide much food for thought. All are welcome, and feel free to pass this announcement around.

 

 

 

 

Week 6: 26 February

We will meet in Leifson Physics RM 113, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory.

If you have a laptop computer it may be helpful to bring it to class.

We will begin assignment 4.

Theory we set up for obtaining the time constant for the temperature measurement.

 

 

Week 5: 19 February

Tuesday and Thursday:

Assignment 3, radar measurements for meteorology. This is an important topic for atmospheric science.
We will discuss it in class, and have a demonstration on polarization.
Read over the assignment and bring questions to class.

Notes: Click on images for larger version.

Tuesday:

 

 

Thursday:

 

Related Information

Radar discussion.
Microwaves.
Active remote sensing discussion.

 

 

Week 4: 12 February

Tuesday and Thursday:

Bring questions to class on Tuesday. Work on finishing up all graphs and prepare assignment 1.
The due date has been changed to Thursday to allow for discussion in class on Tuesday.

 

Related and/or Useful Information

Internship opportunities in climate science mentioned during class: Position 1, Position 2, Position 3.

Wednesday, 14 February, two talks will be presented on Atmospheric Science topics, Leifson Physics conference room. All are welcome.
These talks are in association with interviews for a new faculty position in Atmospheric Science.

12 pm Student oriented seminar with lunch provided.
4 pm Research seminar with cookies and tea provided.

 

 

Week 3: 5 February

Tuesday:

We fit the pressure to this model, and demonstrated the use of the solver in Excel to get the scale height, H, for both Roch and Barrow,
and to get the temperature.

We will continue working on Assignment 1. Due date will be 13 February 2018, a week from Tuesday.

Be sure to login to Microsoft 365 and be able to save your files to your One Drive

Thursday:

Notes from class. We worked on air density, and continued with the assignment. We also started the report, showing how to optimally bring images into MSword as pictures rather than vector graphs.

Click images for larger versions.

 

Related and/or Useful Information

College of Science Career Advising workshops.

 

 

 

Week 2: 29 January

Tuesday:

We will work more with basic understanding of the variation of temperature and dew point temperature in the atmosphere,
equilibrium state, and we will look at some balloon soundings for Reno and other places in the world.

Tuesday 2:15 pm, National Weather Service field trip for a tour and balloon launch.
Location: 2350 Raggio Parkway, Reno.
Here's the raw data from the balloon launch we attended.

Be sure to login to Microsoft 365 and be able to save your files to your One Drive.

Notes: Click images for larger version.

 

 

 

Week 1: 22 January

Thursday Class:

Continue with intro to the skew T log P diagram using our measurements from Tuesday, and work on assignment 1.

Here is the SkewT logP graph we worked on during class on Thursday, followed by the notes. Click images for larger version.

 

Notes from Tuesday's class. Click images for larger version.

 

Tuesday Class:

Introductions and orientation.
Three places to learn about what is going on in this class:
Daily Notes (here).
Calendar.
Assignments. Assignment 1 has been posted.

Syllabus.

Temperature and Wetbulb Temperature Measurement
and Quantities Derived From Them

It's the dry season! And wet season! How can that be?
Relative humidity calculator
.
Dewpoint temperature calculator.
Lifting condensation level calculator.
Air temperature in room =
Wet bulb temperature in room =
Dew point temperature in room =
Calculated relative humidity =
Water vapor to air mixing ratio =
Lifting condensation level pressure =
Lifting condensation level temperature =
Surface pressure =
Lifting condensation level height =

Skew T log P graph as a gif file, and in a presentation.

 


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ALL WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR A COMMON PURPOSE: To study the atmosphere from many perspectives! !