Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
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701-1228-00L  Cloud Dynamics: Hurricanes

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersU. Lohmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractHurricanes are among the most destructive elements in the atmosphere. This lecture will discuss the physical requirements for their formation, life cycle, damage potential and their relationship to global warming. It also distinguishes hurricanes from thunderstorms and tornadoes.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course students will be able to distinguish the formation and life cycle mechanisms of tropical cyclones from those of extratropical thunderstorms/cyclones, project how tropical cyclones change in a warmer climate based on their physics and evaluate different tropical cyclone modification ideas.
Contentsee course outline at: https://iac.ethz.ch/edu/courses/master/modules/cloud-dynamics
Lecture notesSlides will be made available
LiteratureA literature list can be found here: https://www.iac.ethz.ch/edu/courses/master/modules/cloud_dynamics
Prerequisites / NoticeAt least one introductory lecture in Atmospheric Science or Instructor's consent. This lecture will build on some concepts of atmospheric dynamics and their governing equations. Thus, mathematical knowledge will be needed to use the equations to understand the material of the course.