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Friedrich, Katja Associate Professor

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  • My research focuses on investigating kinematic and microphysical processes in orographic precipitation and tornadic thunderstorms and how these processes affect precipitation characteristics, precipitation quantity, and the development of severe weather. In particular, I am interested in studying how the interaction between kinematics and microphysics at small spatial scales (100 m to 5 km) influence precipitation enhancement that will lead to flash floods and tornadoes. In addition I am also studying precipitation variability and the linkage to atmospheric circulation for assessing the impact of climate change on precipitation in mountains and validating regional and global climate models. My particular area of expertise deals with remote-sensing and precipitation instruments in particular surface and airborne radars, satellites, disdrometers, vertical-pointing microwave radars, and rain gauges.

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  • mesoscale meteorology, microphysics, clouds, wind, supercell thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, orographic precipitation, winter storms, kinematic and microphysical processes, radar, disdrometers

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  • ATOC 3180 - Aviation Meteorology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Familiarizes students with a wide range of atmospheric behavior pertinent to air travel: rudiments of aerodynamics; aircraft stability and control; atmospheric circulation, vertical motion, turbulence and wind shear; fronts, clouds and storms. Recommended prerequisite: ATOC 1050 or ATOC major.
  • ATOC 4500 - Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    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 4550 - Mountain Meteorology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Investigating main processes that control weather and climate in the western United States and other mountain ranges around the world is the emphasis of this course. Provides an advanced survey of synoptic, mesoscale, and microscale meteorology in complex terrain including orographically modified cyclone evolution, front-mountain interactions, terrain and thermally driven flows, mountain waves, downslope winds, and orographic precipitation. Recommended prerequisite: ATOC 1050 or ATOC major. Same as ATOC 5550.
  • ATOC 5550 - Mountain Meteorology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Investigating main processes that control weather and climate in the western United States and other mountain ranges around the world is the emphasis of this course. Provides an advanced survey of synoptic, mesoscale, and microscale meteorology in complex terrain including orographically modified cyclone evolution, front-mountain interactions, terrain and thermally driven flows, mountain waves, downslope winds, and orographic precipitation. Same as ATOC 4550.
  • ATOC 6020 - Seminar in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / 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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