· AOSS/GS 320: Earth System Evolution (Fall 2007, 2009)
AOSS/GS 320 is an undergraduate class co-taught between AOSS and UM's Geological Sciences department. At the end of each term, students present their independent work in a class poster session. Check out the pictures of this year's projects!
· AOSS 422: Boundary Layer Meteorology (4 credits; Winter 2009 and 2010) Formerly AOSS605.004 (3 credits; Winter 2007 and 2008)
UMSTABLE 2008 (University of Michigan STudent Boundary Layer
In March and April of 2008, the 2008 AOSS Boundary Layer Meteorology class set up an experimental flux tower at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens . The tower included a sonic anemometer, hygrometer and net radiometer, with soil heat flux plates and temperature probes in the soil. Despite some snow (see photo below) and high winds, we collected two weeks worth of data to evaluate! Special thanks to Alan Hogg for his instrumentation and data expertise, and Frank Marsik and Nilton Renno for loaning the equipment.
· AOSS 422: Boundary Layer Meteorology (Winter 2009; 4 credits)
Team Turbulence 2009
In 2009, we conducted a second boundary layer flux experiment at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens . Instrumentation was similar to the previous year, including a sonic anemometer, hygrometer and net radiometer, with soil heat flux plates and temperature probes in the soil. After a very cold winter with eight weeks of continuous snow cover, we finally got a chance to set up the tower in early March - only to find the ground frozen solid! We collected about six weeks of data this year and spent additional time in the data lab learning how to process and analyze flux tower output. Class projects included analyzing the solar radiation, effects of wind direction on fluxes, and comparision with measurements from AOSS Instrumentation class. Thanks again to Alan Hogg for help with setup and maintenance, and to Frank Marsik for loaning the equipment!