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Robert (Rob) Fovell, Prof.

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1565
(310) 206-9956
E-mail: click here
Curriculum vita: in PDF format

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Interdepartmental program in Mathematics/Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences webpage. Information and brochure describing the program.

Some simulations shown in The Teaching Company's "Meteorology" course. Course is available here. (Links open in new windows.)

Simulations of the Los Angeles area and beyond

Employing the MM5 and WRF mesoscale models

Real-time simulations

Los Angeles and Southern California weather phenomena

Selected Research Topics (a partial list):

Dynamics and Thermodynamics Demonstration Model (DTDM):

The DTDM is a very simple, two-dimensional code that can be used to demonstrate concepts relating to gravity waves and buoyancy oscillations, circulations resulting from differential heating, heat and cold sources and cold pools, etc., with potential utility for classroom demonstrations and homeworks. The model is Fortran-based and produces GrADS output. Please read the disclaimer on the DTDM model home page, where the model, example applications and data files may be found.

A&OS 3/3L - Introduction to Meteorology (Atmospheric Environment) (Spring, 2011):

Lectures: Tu Th 12:30-1:45, in 1178 Franz Hall

Log onto CCLE to access course materials.
Class syllabus (PDF format)
Facebook page (request permission to join)

A&OS C115/C228 - Mesoscale dynamics (Winter, 2011):

Class meetings: W F 10:30-11:45, in 7124B Math Sciences.

Log onto CCLE to access the syllabus and course materials.
Class syllabus (PDF format)
How to use DTDM (PDF document, geared to the rising thermal demonstration.)
Installing and running DTDM and GrADS on MS Windows (PDF document) Installing and running DTDM and GrADS on Mac OS X (PDF document)

A&OS 281 - Statistics in atmospheric and oceanic sciences (Winter, 2011):

Class meetings: F 2-4, in 7124B Math Sciences.

Log onto CCLE to access the syllabus and course materials.
How to use SAS (Statistical Analysis System)

A&OS 200B - Introduction to Earth System Dynamics (Fall, 2010):

Class meetings: Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:50 (7124A Math Sciences).

A&OS 180/229 - Numerical Modeling (Spring, 2010):

Class meetings: Tues/Thurs 11-12:15 (7124B Math Sciences), Friday 12-1:30 (7101 Math Sciences).

A&OS 101 - Fundamentals of Atmospheric Dynamics and Thermodynamics (Fall, 2008):

Class meetings: MWF 11-1, in 7124B Math Sciences.

AOS 3/3L - Atmospheric Environment (Last offered: Spring, 2004) **OLD**:

AOS 3 materials for/from class

Really old AOS 3 materials

Some demonstration simulations and animations: last updated June, 2001

Some of these links are redundant

A Java-based Numerical Simulation Model last updated November, 2001

Tools: last updated 2007

Old stuff:


Digital photographs of the night-blooming cereus, a spectacular cactus flower.

My UCLA index page.
Some recent media links


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