ATSC 507 · Numerical Weather Prediction

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

• justify the different assumptions that are often made to the governing dynamical equations of the atmosphere*

• convert dynamic and thermodynamic equations into finite-difference and spectral forms*

• anticipate errors associated with various finite-difference forms of eqs. of motion, and calculate their effects on forecast skill*

• explain why physical parameterizations are needed, and critically evaluate their value and limitations