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Master of Science (M.Sc.); Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (Thesis) (45 credits)

Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences     Degree: Master of Science

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. degree requires a minimum of 45 credits, up to a maximum of 51 credits. The program includes from 9 to 27 credits of coursework (depending on the student's background).

Thesis Courses (24 credits)

  • ATOC 691 Master's Thesis Literature Review (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Review of relevant literature in preparation for the M.Sc. research.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ATOC 692 Master's Thesis Research 1 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Independent research under the supervision of the student's M.Sc. supervisor.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ATOC 694 Master's Thesis Progress Report and Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Written report on the M.Sc. research progress and oral presentation of the report in seminar form to staff and students.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ATOC 699 Master's Thesis (12 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Independent research under the supervision of the student's M.Sc. supervisor leading to the M.Sc. thesis.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students registered in M.Sc. programs are expected to regularly attend both the student seminar series (ATOC 751D1/D2 or ATOC 752D1/D2) and the Department seminar series during the entire period of their enrolment in the program.

Complementary Courses (21 credits)

Must complete or have completed the following courses or equivalent:

  • ATOC 512 Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Introduction to the fluid dynamics of large-scale flows of the atmosphere and oceans. Stratification of atmosphere and oceans. Equations of state, thermodynamics and momentum. Kinematics, circulation, and vorticity. Hydrostatic and quasi-geostrophic flows. Brief introduction to wave motions, flow over topography, Ekman boundary layers, turbulence.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Peter Bartello (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): MATH 314, MATH 315, or permission of instructor
  • ATOC 513 Waves and Stability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Linear theory of waves in rotating and stratified media. Geostrophic adjustment and model initialization. Wave propagation in slowly varying media. Mountain waves; waves in shear flows. Barotropic, baroclinic, symmetric, and Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. Wave-mean flow interaction. Equatorially trapped waves.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David N Straub (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): MATH 314, MATH 315, or permission of instructor
  • ATOC 515 Turbulence in Atmosphere and Oceans (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Application of statistical and semi-empirical methods to the study of geophysical turbulence. Reynolds' equations, dimensional analysis, and similarity. The surface and planetary boundary layers. Oceanic mixed layer. Theories of isotropic two- and three- dimensional turbulence: energy and enstrophy inertial ranges. Beta turbulence.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): MATH 314, MATH 315, a previous course in fluid dynamics (such as ATOC 512), or permission of instructor
  • ATOC 521 Cloud Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Review of dry and moist atmospheric thermodynamics concepts. Atmospheric aerosols, nucleation of water and ice. Formation and growth of cloud droplets and ice crystals. Initiation of precipitation. Severe storms and hail. Weather modification. Numerical cloud models.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Man K Yau (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites (Undergraduates): ATOC 315, MATH 314, and MATH 315, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ATOC 621.
  • ATOC 525 Atmospheric Radiation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Solar and terrestrial radiation. Interactions of molecules, aerosols, clouds, and precipitation with radiation of various wavelengths. Radiative transfer through the clear and cloudy atmosphere. Radiation budgets. Satellite and ground-based measurements. Climate implications.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites (Undergraduates): ATOC 315, MATH 314, and MATH 315, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ATOC 620.
  • ATOC 530 Paleoclimate Dynamics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Introduction to the components of the climate system. Review of paleoclimates. Physical processes and models of climate and climate change.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): MATH 315, or permission of instructor
  • ATOC 531 Dynamics of Current Climates (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : The general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans. Atmospheric and oceanic general circulation models. Observations and models of the El Niño and Southern Oscillation phenomena.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Hai Lin (Winter)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): MATH 315 or permission of instructor
    • Corequisite (Undergraduate): ATOC 412 or ATOC 512 or permission of instructor
  • ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Analysis of current meteorological data. Description of a geostrophic, hydrostatic atmosphere. Ageostrophic circulations and hydrostatic instabilities. Kinematic and thermodynamic methods of computing vertical motions. Tropical and extratropical condensation rates. Barotropic and equivalent barotropic atmospheres.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Eyad Hashem Atallah (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture; 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): MATH 314, MATH 315, or permission of instructor
  • ATOC 541 Synoptic Meteorology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Analysis of current meteorological data. Quasi-geostrophic theory, including the omega equation, as it relates to extratropical cyclone and anticyclone development. Frontogenesis and frontal circulations in the lower and upper troposphere. Cumulus convection and its relationship to tropical and extratropical circulations. Diagnostic case study work.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Eyad Hashem Atallah (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture; 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): ATOC 412 and ATOC 540 or permission of instructor.
  • ATOC 568 Ocean Physics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Research methods in physical oceanography including data analysis and literature review. Course will be divided into five separate modules focusing on temperature-salinity patterns, ocean circulation, boundary layers, wave phenomena and tides.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jaime Palter (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): ATOC 512 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Graduate students and final-year Honours Atmospheric Science students. Others by special permission.
  • ATOC 619 Advanced Atmospheric Chemistry (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : The recent cutting-edge areas of planetary atmospheric chemistry from field and laboratory to theoretical modelling are examined. Photochemistry, kinetics (gas and surface) of organic and inorganic pollutants in atmosphere and atmospheric surfaces (clouds and aerosols). Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric chemical species, and issues related to chemical global change.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Parisa A Ariya (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 213, CHEM 273, MATH 222 and MATH 315 or equivalents, or permission of instructor
    • Restriction(s): Offered in odd years. Students should register in CHEM 619 in even years. Not open to students who have taken or are taking ATOC 419, CHEM 419, or CHEM 619
  • ATOC 626 Atmospheric/Oceanic Remote Sensing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Principles of radiative transfer applied to observing the atmosphere and oceans by satellite, radar, and other methods of remote sensing. Applications to cloud physics and climate research.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Yi Huang (Winter)

    • 3 hours
  • ATOC 646 Mesoscale Meteorology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Examination of the theory of important mesoscale phenomena, including fronts, cumulus convection and its organization, and tropical and extratropical cyclones. Application of the theory with detailed case studies of these phenomena. Mesoscale processes in numerical simulations.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • CHEM 619 Advanced Atmospheric Chemistry (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Chemistry : The recent cutting-edge areas of planetary atmospheric chemistry from field and laboratory to theoretical modelling are examined. Photochemistry, kinetics (gas and surface) of organic and inorganic pollutants in atmosphere and atmospheric surfaces (clouds and aerosols). Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric chemical species, and issues related to chemical global change.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Parisa A Ariya (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 213, CHEM 273, MATH 222 and MATH 315 or equivalents, or permission of instructor
    • Restriction(s): Offered in even years. Students should register in ATOC 619 in odd years. Not open to students who have taken or are taking ATOC 419, CHEM 419, or ATOC 619

* Students may select either ATOC 619 or CHEM 619.

Or other courses at the 500 level or higher recommended by the Department's Graduate Program Director.

Students with a strong background in atmospheric or oceanic science, or a Diploma in Meteorology, will take at least the 7 credit minimum. Students with no previous background in atmospheric or oceanic science must take the 20 credit maximum.

Faculty of Science—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)