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Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric science is the study of the atmosphere, including its processes, the effects of other systems and the effects of the atmosphere on these other systems. Atmospheric dynamics is the study of the observations and theory dealing with all motion systems of meteorological importance. The goal of dynamic atmospheric study is to explain the observed circulation on the basis of fundamental principles of physics. The objectives of these observations is to improve weather forecasting, developing methods for predicting seasonal and inter-annual climate fluctuations and understanding the implications of human induced perturbations on the global climate.

Many instruments are used in atmospheric science to preform experiments which include satellites, rocketsondes, radiosondes, weather balloons and lasers. Atmospheric science has recently been extended to the field of planetary science and the study of the atmospheres of the planets of the solar system. Similar experimental instruments are used to preform experiments on the atmosphere's of other planets. 



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Categories within Atmospheric Science


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Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere.


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Climatology is the study of the climate


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Paleoclimatology is the study of changes in the climate taken on the scale of the entire history of the Earth.

The Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram

Describe the Hertzsprung-Russel diagram. How is it useful in classifying stars? Where do stars tend to cluster on the diagram? Where on the H-R diagram does a star spend most of its life?

Thunderstorms: Prevalence in Colorado/New Mexico

Given your understanding of the conditions required for the formation of a thunderstorm, why would there be so many thunderstorms in eastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico? What is so special about this relatively small area?

Air pollution and public health

A. Explain the public health significance of air pollution episodes. B. Explain why despite significant control efforts, air pollution episodes continue to occur in developed countries

Fill in the blank and explain

Please list five major classes of material comprising atmospheric particles: a.______________ b.______________ 3.______________ 4.______________ 5.______________ What is the likely effect of each on the environment? On human health?