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Freshman
Course Instructor credits Content
Introduction to Atmospheric Science CHUN-CHIEH WU 3  
Introduction to Earth System Science WEI-TING CHEN /
PEI-LING WANG
3 Global Change;Daisyworld: An Introduction to Systems;Global Energy Balance: The Greenhouse Effect The Atmospheric Circulation System;The Circulation of the Oceans;Circulation of the Solid Earth: Plate Tectonics;Recycling of the Elements; Focus on the Biota;Origin of Earth and of Life;Effects of Life on the Atmosphere: The Rise of Oxygen and Ozone;Long-term Climate Regulation; Pleistocence Glaciations;Global Warming: Recent and Future Climate, Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation
Sophomore
Course Instructor credits Content
Atmospheric Thermodynamics CHIEN-MING WU 3 The course covers fundamental thermodynamics including equation of state, work, heat, internal energy, first law, second law, heat capacity, latent heat Carnot cycle, Clausius-Clapeyron equation, adiabatic lapse rate.
Program and Scientific Computing WEI-TING CHEN 2 The research of Atmospheric Sciences frequently requires capability of programing and using computer software to carry out data analysis, graphcis, and visualization. The course is designed to meet the needs of scientific computation and graphics that the students may encounter in the future when taking advanced courses or doing research, specifically for Atmospheric Sciences. The FORTRAN 90/95 programming language, as well as the Matlab and GrADS software, are covered in this 18-week syllabus. Through the classroom lectures, sample programs, and frequent exercises, the goal of this course is to foster the problem-solving capability of using programming and software tools, to establish accurate mindsets on scientific programming, and to provide the students with sufficient "hands-on" programming experience。
Applied Mathematics(I)(II) TIAN-YUE TSAI 6 (I)In this course, we will introduce basic idea of mathematics and mathematical modeling. The course will also contain linear algebra, vector analysis and ordinary differential equations.
(II)In this course, we will introduce Fourier series, Fourier transform and their applications to solve wave equation, heat equation and Laplace's equation.
Fluid Mechanics MING-JEN YANG 3  
Statistics with Meteorological Applications MIN-HUI LO 3 Data statistical analysis is essential to research and application in Atmospheric Sciences. Students of this course will learn step by step various theories and methods of basic data statistical analysis which usually be applied in atmospheric sciences. Students will be asked to use Matlab to do a semester research project step by step.
Atmospheric Measurement and Instrumentation PO-HSIUNG LIN 3 This course reviews the requirement and current status on the atmospheric sciences observation. The surface (land and ocean) and upper-air observations for monitoring weather and climate are the major components. The features/history of instruments and the different types of measuring standards are also presented.
Numerical Analysis MIN-HUI LO 3 Introduction of numerical approaches on sciences and engineering. We will illustrate the theory for different kinds of schemes and also compare the pros and cons on those schemes. Matlab software will be used in this course.
Cloud Physics JEN-PING CHEN 2 This is a 2-credit course required for undergraduate students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, with emphasis on the physical processes that control the formation of cloud and precipitation. Main topics include the macro and micro structures of clouds; basic atmospheric thermodynamics related to cloud formation; the activation and nucleation processes; the diffusional growth of droplets and ice crystals; growth habits of ice crystals; the formation of rain, snow, graupel and hailstone through hydrodynamic interactions; remote sensing of clouds and precipitation; phenomena related to violent convective systems, including lightning, tornado, downburst, hailstorms; aerosol-cloud-climate interactions; and numerical simulation of clouds.
Atmospheric Radiation I-I Lin 2 Atmospheric radiation is a fundamental component in earth's climate system. It is also the foundation for satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere and the earth's surface. Solar shortwave radiation and earth's long wave radiation are the major energy source and sink in the earth's climate system. It is important to know how short and long wave radiation interacts with atmosphere and earth surface via scattering, reflection and absorption. This course is a fundamental course in the atmospheric physics. It is also a pre-requisite course for the climate and climate change courses.
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry HUI-MING HUNG 2 In this course, the chemical processes controlling the atmospheric composition will be introduced. The impact of human activity on the atmospheric system will be discussed based on the chemical processes.
Junior
Course Instructor credits Content
Atmospheric Dynamics(I)(II) CHUN-CHIEH WU /
HUNG-CHI KUO
6  
Synoptic Meteorology(I)(II) CHENG-SHANG LEE /
CHENG-KU YU
4 This course provides a general background for weather diagnosis, including weather phenomena, static stability, kinematics and basic dynamics, air mass and surface fronts, mid-latitude cyclone and anticyclone, trough/ridge and upper level waves. Besides, the application of hydrodynamic theories on weather analysis and tropical cyclone (including structures, formation, development and motion) are also included. In addition, a general introduction of numerical weather prediction and weather forecast is also covered in the class.
Lab. of Synoptic Meteorology(I)(II) CHENG-SHANG LEE /
CHENG-KU YU
2 This course is offered together with the course of Synoptic Meteorology. The class is divided into two parts. The first part (about one hour) is the weekly weather briefing presented by a group of students (about 2~3 students). In the second part of the class, students are asked to practice various techniques for analyzing synoptic information, including the analyses of surface weather charts, upper level charts, skew T-log P diagrams and station observations. The students are also asked to get familiar with the Weather Integration and Nowcasting System (WINS) which is used currently in Central Weather Bureau (CWB) daily operation.
Introduction to Physical Oceanography SHIH-NAN CHEN 2 The objectives of this course are: first, to introduce physical properties (such as temperature, salinity, ocean currents) that charactersize the ocean at various temporal and spatial scales and second, to provide the students with a strong foundation in the physical mechanisms that drive circulation. Focuses will be placed on how to utilize conservation laws (mass and momentum) to estimate ocean states. Similarities and differences between ocean and atmosphere will be discussed.
Senior
Course Instructor credits Content
Climatology YEN-TING HWANG 3 This course teaches physics and dynamics that couple the atmosphere, cryosphere, and hydrosphere to cause climate to change. The subjects include key concepts in dynamic meteorology, physical oceanography, radiative transfer, boundary layer meteorology, hydrology, glaciology, and paleoclimatology.

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