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Cassano, John J. Associate Professor

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  • My research deals with the weather and climate of Earth's polar regions, with a specific focus on the coupling between the atmosphere and other components of the Earth's climate system. I am particularly interested in small scale atmospheric features that can have climatically significant impacts. To further my research in these areas my research group is involved in the development of a Regional Arctic System Model (RASM) that includes atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, land hydrology, and marine biogeochemistry components. My research group is also involved in polar atmospheric observations and uses autonomous observing systems to make these measurements. I am a co-principal investigator on a project that maintains a network of roughly 65 automatic weather stations on the Antarctic continent. We are also using small unmanned aerial vehicles to make measurements of the polar atmosphere.

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  • Polar meteorology and climate, weather and climate modeling, autonomous observing systems

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  • ATOC 3050 - Principles of Weather
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the processes that influence middle latitude weather including atmospheric thermodynamics, cloud and precipitation processes, atmospheric dynamics, air masses and fronts, and mid-latitude cyclones. Recitations and homework assignments will allow students to apply these concepts to real weather data through analysis of weather maps, thermodynamics diagrams and conceptual models. Recommended prerequisites: ATOC 1050 or ATOC major.
  • ATOC 4500 - Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Acquaints students at the upper division level with current research in atmospheres, oceans, and climate. Topics may vary each semester. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours within the degree as long as the topic is different. Students may register for more than one section of this course in the same semester. Recommended prerequisites and corequisites: will vary depending on topic. Recommended restriction: students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
  • ATOC 4750 - Desert Meteorology and Climate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to the dynamic causes of deserts in the context of atmospheric processes and land-surface physics. Discusses desert severe weather, desert microclimates, human impacts and desertification, inter-annual variability in aridity (drought), the effects of deserts on global climate and the impact of desert climate on humans. Recommended prerequisites: one semester of calculus and ATOC 1050 or ATOC 1060 or ATOC 3600 or ATOC major. Same as ATOC 5750.
  • ATOC 5050 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Covers atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamics and the underlying governing laws and mathematical and physical principles. Topics include atmospheric composition and thermodynamics, conservation laws and atmospheric governing equations, geostrophic balance and balanced flows, vorticity dynamics and boundary layers. Recommended prerequisite: one year of calculus-based physics and math through differential equations. ATOC graduate core course.
  • ATOC 5750 - Desert Meteorology and Climate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to the dynamic causes of deserts in the context of atmospheric processes and land-surface physics. Discusses desert severe weather, desert microclimates, human impacts and desertification, inter-annual variability in aridity (drought), the effects of deserts on global climate and the impact of desert climate on humans. Same as ATOC 4750.
  • ATOC 6020 - Seminar in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies an area of current research in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Students read selected papers from the literature. Students and faculty give presentations and participate in discussions. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours within the degree. May be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours within a semester.
  • ATOC 7500 - Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Acquaints students with current research in atmospheres, oceans, and climate. Topics may vary each semester. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Students may register for more than one section of this course in the same semester.

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