Teaching and Outreach


MTEOR 443: Dynamic Meteorology I

Description: Conservation laws, governing equations, circulation and vorticity. Development of quasi-geostrophic theory.

Student Learning Goals and Objectives: This course is the first of a two-part series on the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere. The class begins with first principles based on conservation of mass, angular momentum, and energy and it ends with circulation and vorticity. The overall goal is to understand two key aspects to fluid motions on Earth, rotation and density stratification.


MTEOR 440/540: Tropical Meteorology

Description: Weather and climate of the tropical atmosphere. Topics covered include easterly waves, tropical cyclogenesis (i.e., hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones), equatorial waves, El Niño-Southern oscillation, Madden-Julian oscillation, and monsoons.

Student Learning Goals and Objectives: This course is an introduction to tropical meteorology, with approximately half of the course focused on tropical cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones) and the other half focused on large-scale circulations such as the Madden-Julian oscillation, El Niño-Southern Oscillation, monsoons, and equatorial waves. There are bi-weekly homework assignments, weekly forecast discussions, a midterm exam, and a final group presentation.  The course material will provide a strong foundation from which students can build to carry on with them in many areas of environmental sciences.


MTEOR 543: Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I

Description: The first half of a two semester sequence. Governing equations, scale analysis, simple types of wave motion in the atmosphere, instability theory.

Student Learning Goals and Objectives: A graduate-level course covering large-scale fluid motions of Earth’s atmosphere and ocean.


Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab

We devise rotating fluid tank experiments motivated by the UCLA DIYnamics project and we use other instruments to help with in-class education, public outreach, and for other activities. See our Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab page for more info. Also, see our recent DIYnamics blog post.