Midterm is Thursday, Feb 10 from 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM. Don't forget to bring an answer sheet (scantron). Midterm REVIEW is on Wed, Feb 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in MGH 251.

General Description

This course deals with the science of the Earth's atmosphere and its goal is to provide you with a better understanding of the processes occurring in the atmosphere that are responsible for the weather and climate we experience. The class will focus on why and how things happen, rather than on memorization of climate classifications and statistics. You will also learn how to read the sky and weather maps, and we will discuss the cause of selected natural and human-induced climate variations. Such topics will include El Niño, greenhouse warming, acid rain, and possibly the ozone hole.


Professor David S. Battisti
Office Hours: M, T, W, Th, 1:30-2:30, Atmospheic Sciences Geophysics (ATG) #304

TAs: Office Hours TA Office CLUE Hours
Maria Zatko
M 12:30 - 1:30
Th 11:30 - 12:30
ATG 420
See CLUE schedule
Matthew Brewer
M 1:30 - 2:30
Th 12:30 - 1:30
M, T, W, Th 10:30-11:20 KNE 220
AA F 10:30-11:20 MGH 254 Maria
AB F 10:30-11:20 SAV 138 Matthew
AC F 9:30-10:20 MGH 389 Maria
AD F 12:30-1:20 MGH 234 Maria
AE F 12:30-1:20 SAV 139 Matthew
AF Th 1:30-2:20 SMI 304 Matthew

"Sections" may include a quiz, a laboratory demonstration, a discussion about the lecture material, or a de-briefing on the homework questions.

Web Page
Here, you will find the course outline, homework, syllabus, and handouts. You will also find some interesting weather and climate links.

Required Text

Weather, 5th edition by C. Donald Ahrens, 2009, Thomson Publishing Company 

Books on Reserve at the Undergraduate Library

Ahrens, C. Donald, 2006: Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere. Wadsworth Publishing.

Ahrens, C. Donald, 2006: Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate and the Environment. Eighth edition: Thompson Brooks Cole Publisher.

Lutgens, Frederick K. and Edward J. Tarbuck, 1992: The Atmosphere. Fifth Ed., Prentice Hall. 430p.