PS 153.3: Topics in Environmental Physics Series III

Course Number and Title: PS 153.3 (Topics in Environmental Physics Series III)
Date Revised: Oct. 12, 2010
Number of Units: 3
Prerequisites: PS 52, PS 52.1, MA 22

Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the microphysics of clouds and precipitation. It begins with a cursory review of the thermodynamics needed for the study of cloud physics and a review of observations of the properties of clouds. The course then delves into the theories of formation and growth of cloud droplets and ice crystals, and the initiation and development of precipitation (rain and snow). Simple examples of numerical cloud models are used to illustrate and animate key concepts.

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