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III. Policies: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

  • Subject name: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Subject abbreviations: ATOC
  • Bibliographer: Suzanne Larsen
  • Other subject responsibilities: Geology, Geography, Global Change, Physics, APS.
  • Address: 184 UCB, Earth Sciences & Map Library
  • Phone: 303-492-4611
  • Email: Suzanne.Larsen@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
This fund is to support the teaching and research of the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (PAOS) and the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS).

A. Curricular emphasis:
Graduate and undergraduate courses in Atmospheric and Oceanic sciences.


B. Research emphasis:
large-scale dynamics of the ocean and the atmosphere; air-sea interaction; radiative transfer and remote sensing of the ocean and the atmosphere; sea ice and its role in climate, cloud-climate interactions; atmospheric chemistry and aerosols; atmospheric technology; extended weather and climate prediction; hydrological processes; boundary layer measurement and modeling.


C. Level of Degrees granted:
Undergraduate minor, MS, PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic sciences (ATOC)


D. Special Studies Programs:
Graduate-Level Certificates in Remote Sensing, Environmental Policy, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
APS, Physics, Geological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Chemistry.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Cooperative Institute for Environmental Studies (CIRES); Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR); Center for Complexity; Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Meteorologists, Educators, general scientific community, inter-library loan.


H. Other Considerations:
The sciences are strongly interdisciplinary. Materials may be purchased to support related and cooperative research. Requests from affiliated faculties are usually filled.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Books through approval plan through Blackwell-North American. Requests from faculty and students as well as reviews filled by special order. Gifts-in-kind are accepted according to needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily English. Other languages if deemed useful for collection.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Primarily 20th and 21st century. Some retrospective if requested for historical or comparative purposes.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
No geographical boundaries.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Undergraduate textbooks generally not purchased except to maintain up-to-date review materials. Popular works purchased only if useful and of quality. Most materials are upper division, research, and society publications. Biographies and history of subject to give solid basis to subject.


F. Types of Materials:
Reference materials, books, conference proceedings, directories, periodicals (electronic if available) and on-line data bases basic to field.


G. Date of Publication:
Primarily current materials. Some historical works if required.


H. Other General Considerations:
Most of the materials purchased for this discipline are housed in the Lester Library of Mathematics and Physics. There are other materials in Benson Earth Science Library and in the Science Library in Norlin. Older, lesser used materials as well as some on-line journals now reside in PASCAL, the off-site storage facility in Denver.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

QC851 Periodicals
QC855 History
QC869 Study and Teaching
QC875.2 Meteorological instruments
QC878.5 Aeronomy
QC879.6 Atmospheric chemistry
QC880 Dynamic Meteorology
QC901 Temperature
QC915 Aqueous vapor
QC930.5 Wind
QC980 Climatology and weather