Courses


Introduction to
Atmospheric Science


This course is an introductory course in Atmosphere Sciences, given to first year undergraduate students in the Depratment of Geophysical, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.  The course covers the composition and structure of the atmosphere, thermodynamics and atmospheric stability, radiation and energy balance, aerosols and clouds, winds and circulation patterns in the atmosphere, and storms of different scales and sizes.

Atmospheric
Physics


This undergraduate course follow on from the Introduction to Atmospheric Science course.  In this course we focus on three primary topics of Atmospheric Physics, areas also of importance to various research topics in the department.  We start with Cloud Physics, and cloud and precipitation formation.  Then we move to Atmospheric Electricity including cloud electrification, lightning, and the global atmospheric circuit.  Finally, we cover Radiative Transfer in the last part of the course, discussing scattering, optics and the radiative transfer equation.

Introduction
to
Climate

This is an introductory course given in the Geography Department, for first year students.  The course deals with the basics of Climate Theory.  The Earth's energy balance; solar radiation;  the earth's orbit and the ice ages; the seasons; the structure and composition of the atmosphere; the hydrological cycle (clouds and rain); atmospheric motion and weather systems; as well as the influence of the oceans on our climate.

 

Climate
Theory

This course is given to 3rd year undergraduate Geophysics students.  It deals with all the factors that influence the Earth's climate:  solar forcings, volcanoes, clouds, oceans and human influences.  An introduction to climate models is provided to help demostrate how scientists study past, present and possible future changes in the Earth's climate.  The course also covers the problems of Ozone Depletion and Global Warming.
El Nino

This seminar is given to graduate students in the Geophysics Depratment. Half of this course are lectures given by the lecturer, discussing the El Nino phenomenon,  which factors influence the ENSO cycle?  How does ENSO influence the weather and climate around the globe?  El Nino models used for prediction. What's predicted for the coming year?  The last part of the semester is made up of student presentations on topics they have researched during the semester, related to the topics of the course.

Atmospheric  and Optical Phenomena in the Atmosphere

This course is given to 3rd year undergraduate students in the Geophysics Department.  This course deals with two areas of atmospheric research - Atmospheric Electricity and Atmospheric Optics.  The courses touches on some of the topics of interest in these fields.  In Atmospheric Electricity we learn about atmospheric ions, conductivity, the global atmospheric electric circuit, cloud electrification, electrical discharges,  the lightning discharge, electric fields generated by lightning processes, and thunder.  In the section on Atmospheric optics we discuss rainbows, halos and Rayleigh Scattering in the atmosphere. The students perform experiments in Atmospheric Optics.

Biomass Burning

This seminar is given to graduate students.  We discuss the global phenomenon of biomass burning.  Both natural and anthropogenic fires are studied.  How do aerosols and gaseous emissions from fires impact the atmosphere and the Earth's climate?  How may future climate change influence the frequency of wildfires?  What is deforestation, and is it changing the climate of tropical regions?

Atmospheric Electricity

This seminar is given to graduate students.  We discuss a wide range of topics in the field of Atmospheric Electricity.  These range from the fair-weather global electric circuit (AC and DC fields).  Aerosols and conductivity of the atmosphere.  Global thunderstorm activity and the relation with climate and tropospheric chemistry.  Thunderstom electrification and cloud microphysics.  Sprites, elves.  Electromagnetic methods of observing lightning.  Currents and Fields in the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere.

 

Climate Change


This course is offered in the Tel Aviv University International Program in English.  The courses is part of the MSc degree in Enviromental Sciences, given by the Porter School of Environmental Studies.  This course covers basic topics related to the Climate of the Earth.  The course starts with the Earth's orbit, Milankovitch cycles and the theories of ice ages (paleoclimate).  Then we discuss Earth's temperature and the Earth's energy balance.  Solar and terrestrial radiation, atmospheric composition, and the vertical structure of the atmosphere.  We discuss water, clouds, rain, and cloud feedbacks. Aerosols and volcanoes and the general circulation of the atmosphere.  Ocean and El Nino are studied, as well as the cryosphere, biosphere and local anthropogenic effects on the climate.  We end with a discussion of the ozone hole and global warming.


This course is offered in the Tel Aviv University International Program in English.  The course is part of the MSc degree in Public Health, in the Program of Emergency and Disaster Management.  The course deals with the science of Global Warming, and how future changes in the Earth's climate may impact natural hazards such as doughts, heat waves, floods, severe weather, tropical storms and wildfires.  The implications for these changes will be discussed in the context of Public Health and Disaster Management.



This course is a third year BSc course in Geosciences dealing with the growing problem of natural hazards.  The courses covers a broad range of natural hazards occurring is Space, in the Atmosphere and on Earth.  Space hazards will focus primarily on Space Weather phenomenon related to solar storms, and the impacts on satellites and other sensitive technologies.  The Atmospheric hazards will cover meteorological and climate hazards, including storms, floods, tropical storms, drought, wildfires and heat waves.  The Earth hazards include earthquakes, slope instabilities, tsunamis and volcanoes.

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