Dr. Kay researches coupled climate processes, cold clouds and precipitation, sea ice, and climate forcing and feedbacks. The tools her group applies include remote sensing observations, in situ observations, process models, coupled climate models, instrument simulators, and data assimilation. Her group works closely with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, also located in Boulder) in the development and analysis of global coupled climate models.
Polar regions, Coupled climate processes, Clouds, Precipitation, Sea ice, Climate forcing and feedbacks, Climate change and variability, Science communication
ATOC 1060 - Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Discusses the Earth's climate for nonscience majors, focusing on the role of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and land surface. Describes the water cycle, atmospheric circulations and ocean currents, and how they influence global climate, El Nino and the ozone hole. Discusses human impacts from climate change. Recommended prerequisite: ATOC 1050. Degree credit not granted for this course and GEOL 1060.
ATOC 4500 - Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
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 5600 - Physics and Chemistry of Clouds and Aerosols
Examines the physics and chemistry of clouds and aerosols in the planetary atmospheres, where they impact climate, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing and weather. Applies basic microphysical, radiative and chemical processes affecting particles to issues in current literature. Recommended prerequisite: one semester of college-level chemistry and calculus-based physics and math up through differential equations. ATOC graduate core course.
ATOC 6020 - Seminar in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
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
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020
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. Formerly ATOC 7500.