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Summary Notes for Atmospheric Science and Related Areas

I have made summary study notes for the core and related subjects listed below; please feel free to download. Educational materials by Prof. Daniel Jacob at Harvard University are also highly recommended.

Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric Dynamics

Environmental Science

Applied Statistics

Statistical Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Review of Basic Physics

Review of General Chemistry

Review of Physical Chemistry

Education > Lecture Slides

Land-Atmosphere Interactions and Boundary-Layer Meteorology (ESSC4210 Summer 2020)

Lec01: Introduction to land-atmosphere exchange; flux as a unifying concept; soil composition and physics

Lec02: Physical hydrology; soil water movement and infiltration; runoff; evapotranspiration; water balance model

Lec03: Surface energy balance model; Penman-Monteith equation; soil moisture and atmospheric boundary layer

Lec04: Fundamental thermodynamic relations; moisture content in air; taught by Dr. Andie Au-Yeung

Lec05: Static stability of atmosphere; planetary boundary layer structure; taught by Dr. Andie Au-Yeung

Lec06: Viscous force; fundamentals of turbulence; taught by Dr. Andie Au-Yeung

Lec07: Eddy fluxes; turbulent kinetic energy; taught by Dr. Andie Au-Yeung

Lec08: Closure techniques: gradiate transport theory and mixing length theory; taught by Dr. Andie Au-Yeung

Lec09: Surface layer; Monin-Obukhov similarity theory; taught by Dr. Andie Au-Yeung

Lec10: Experimental and modeling strategies for quantifying eddy fluxes; aerodynamic conductance; leaf conductance, temperature and energy balance

Lec11: Canopy ecophysiology: photosynthesis, transpiration and conductance; canopy radiative transfer; canopy scaling

Lec12: Urban climatology and heat island effect; air pollution dispersion; land-atmosphere interactions in Earth system models

Ecosystems and Climate (ESSC3600 Spring 2020)

Topic 01: Introduction to ecosystems; global biogeography and climate [lab] [R code]

Topic 02: Plant ecophysiology: photosynthesis, transpiration and stomatal conductance [lab]

Topic 03: Surface energy balance and biogeophysical climate-vegetation interactions [lab] [R code]

Topic 04: Global biogeochemical cycles I: Terrestrial and marine biogeochemical processes

Topic 05: Global biogeochemical cycles II: Carbon cycle and biogeochemical climate feedbacks [lab] [R code]

Supplemental Topic: Wetland ecosystems and biogeochemistry (by courtesy of Prof. Derrick Lai)

Topic 06: Nitrogen cycle, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and climate [lab]

Topic 07: Ecosystem modeling; sustainable forest and agricultural management

Climate System Dynamics (ESSC2020 Fall 2018)


Lec01: Introduction to weather, climate and the climate system

Lec02: Basic radiation physics; energy balance model for the Earth; greenhouse effect

Lec03: Greenhouse model of the atmosphere; radiative forcing; climate sensivity and feedback

Lec04 (Lab 1): Climate sensitivity, feedback and stability in a simple climate model [lab] [program]

Lec05: Ice-albedo feedback and cryospheric changes; aerosols and climate; climate variability in time and space

Lec06: Vertical structure of atmosphere; Newton's second law; pressure and hydrostatic balance; barometric and hypsometric equations

Lec07: Buoyancy and dry convection; first law of thermodynamics; adiabatic motion and lapse rate; atmospheric stability and air pollution

Lec08: Water content in air; moist convection and cloud formation; Hadley circulation and subsidence inversion

Lec09 + Lab 2: Newton's second law in a rotating frame; uniform circular motion; conservation of angular momentum [lab]

Lec10: Centrifugal and Coriolis forces; real forces and equations of motion; geostrophic balance

Lec11: Pressure coordinates; thermal wind balance; effects of friction on geostrophic balance

Lec12: Hadley circuation; baroclinic eddies, gradient wind balance and midlatitude weather systems; general circulation

Lec13 (Lab 3): Weather analysis and forecast [lab]

Lec14: Midterm Exam

Lec15: Overview of ocean structure and circulation; geostrophic currents; Ekman transport

Lec16: Effect of Ekman transport on interior ocean; western boundary currents; thermohaline circulation

Lec17: Meridional overturning circulation; climate moderating roles of ocean; El Niño-Southern Oscillation; tropical cyclones

Lec18: Biosphere-atmosphere fluxes; photosynthesis, transpiration and albedo; biogeophysical climate-vegetation interactions

Lec19: Review of basic chemistry; terrestrial (soil and plant) and marine biogeochemical processes

Lec20: Carbon cycle I: Residence times; contemporary carbon cycle; marine physical chemistry

Lec21 (Lab 4): Global carbon cycle [lab] [program]

Lec22: Carbon cycle II: Marine biogeochemistry; global carbon and oxygen budgets; terrestrial ecosystems and biogeochemical feedbacks

Lec23: Earth's climate history: Atmosphere of early Earth; Snowball Earth; from Cretaceous to Pleistocene; ice ages and Last Glacial Maximum

Lec24: Recent climate change: observations and attribution

Lec25: Future climate projections; impacts, adaptation and mitigation of climate change

Land-Atmosphere Interactions, Biogeochemical Cycles, and Atmospheric Chemistry (EASC5001/5002 2018)

Lec01: Fundamentals of land-atmosphere interactions; ecohydrology and surface energy balance; climate-vegetation interactions and biogeophysical feedback mechanisms

Lec02: Geochemical processes; plant ecophysiology: photosynthesis and transpiration; soil biogeochemistry; primary production and nutrient cycling

Lec03: Global carbon cycle; global nitrogen cycle; biogeochemical feedback mechanisms in the climate system

Lec04: Global biogeography; modeling land surface processes and vegetation dynamics; impacts of agriculture on climate and air quality; forest and agricultural management

Lec05: Atmospheric composition and its driving processes; one-box model for atmospheric chemistry; oxidizing power of the atmosphere

Lec06: Tropospheric ozone pollution; CO and VOC oxidation and cycling of radicals; global budget of NOx; control strategies for ozone

Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (ESSC4510 Spring 2015)


Below includes my part on univariate and multivariate statistical methods. The corresponding lecture slides, labs and data are included in the shared folders. For time series analysis, please contact Prof. Yang for more info.

Lec01: Exploratory data analysis

Lec02: Correlation analysis

Lec03: Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals

Lec04: Autocorrelation; nonparametric tests and resampling methods

Lec07: Simple linear regression

Lec08: Multiple linear regression I

Lec09: Multiple linear regression II

Lec10: Generalized linear models; orthogonal regression

Lec11: Principal component analysis I

Lec12: Principal component analysis II

Lec13: Canonical correlation analysis; cluster analysis

Lec14: Spatial interpolation

Lec15: Spatial autocorrelation; other problems in spatial analysis

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