Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Meteorology - The Study of the Earth's Atmosphere and Weather

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Overview

Today, the ESSE Meteorology concentration within the AOSS Department allows students to obtain a broad-based education that provides the theoretical and computational skills necessary to properly analyze and understand meteorological phenomenon ranging from synoptic scale weather systems to micrometeorological energy exchanges at the Earth’s surface.

Our courses include such topics as weather systems, weather forecasting and analysis, boundary layer meteorology, radiative transfer, cloud and precipitation processes and the physics of our climate system. Additionally, located within the College of Engineering, our department is uniquely positioned to provide students with the opportunity to explore the development and application of both surface-based and remote-sensing instrumentation for the study of various meteorological phenomena, as well.

Hands-On Experience

Balloon glow at the Jackson Hot Air Balloon JubileeBalloon glow at the Jackson Hot Air Balloon Jubilee

Students within the ESSE Meteorology program also participate in a wide-range of extracurricular activities which help them to strengthen their understanding of many of the concepts covered within their classroom-based studies. These activities include working with faculty on state-of-the-art research projects, as well as activities such as:

  • Real-time forecasting for Jackson Hot Air Balloon Jubilee and the American Solar Challenge/World Solar Challenge solar car races
  • Greenland field camp experience
  • Storm chasing as part of the VORTEX2 tornadogenesis field project

Meteorology Concentration Advisor

Professor John P Boyd
jpboyd@umich.edu
(734)764-3338(734)764-3338

MeteorologyHistory of Meteorology at U-M

The field of meteorology has been studied at the University of Michigan since 1854, when scientists at UM's Detroit Observatory purchased a basic set of instruments to monitor the day-to-day variations in meteorological conditions in Ann Arbor.

While much of the effort at that time was focused upon developing a better understanding of the impact of weather and climate on agricultural production across the region, the study of meteorology at UM would eventually evolve to cover topics such as: applied weather forecasting, air pollution transport and deposition, the impact of the Great Lakes on regional weather, and the design of the meteorological instrumentation that allowed for a better understanding of each of these topics.

Sample Meteorology Concentration Schedule

Meteorology

The ESSE Meteorology concentration expands your career options beyond those in weather forecasting and graduate studies in meteorology. You’ll also be prepared for skilled positions in the modeling and “value added” industries that are increasingly the source of weather analyses and predictions and for graduate studies involving the technologies that enable weather and climate prediction.

Meteorology Concentration Advisor:

Professor John Boyd
1535 SRB
jpboyd@umich.edu
(734)764-3338(734)764-3338

Sample Meteorology Concentration Schedule

Sample schedule PDF file
Credit Hours
Semester
   
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Subjects required by all programs
55
               
Math 115, 116, 215, 216
16
4
4
4
4
-
-
-
-
ENG 100 Intro to Engr 4 4              
ENG 101 Intro to Computers 4 - 4 - - - - - -
Chemistry 125/126 and 130 or Chemistry 210/211
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Physics 140/141, 240/241
10
- 5  5 - - - - -
Humanities and Social Sciences
16
3
3
3
4
3
-
-
-
Required Core Courses
28
               
AOSS 320 Earth System Evolution
4
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
AOSS 321 Earth System Dynamics
4
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
AOSS 323 Earth System Analysis
4
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
AOSS 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics (Note 1)
4
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
AOSS 370 Solar-Terrestrial Relations
4
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
AOSS 380 Introduction to Radiative Transfer
4
-
-
-
-
4
 
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AOSS 410 Earth System Modeling 4 - - - - - - 4 -
Meteorology Concentration Requirements 45                
AOSS 401 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 4
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-
-
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4
-
-
-
AOSS 411 Cloud and Precipitation Processes 3
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-
-
-
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3
-
AOSS 414 Weather Systems 3
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-
-
-
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3
-
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AOSS 422 Boundary Layer Meteorology 4 - - - - - 4 - -
AOSS 440 Meteorological Analysis Laboratory 4 - - - - - - 4 -
AOSS 462 Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Sciences 4 - - - - - - - 4
Technical Electives
12
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
6
Unrestricted Electives
11
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
6
TOTAL
128
16
16
16
16
15
17
16
16

Note 1: Alternatives: MECHENG 235 Thermodynamics or CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.

Please Note:  Courses are subject to change. Please consult with your advisor.