Inverting the Sawyer-Eliassen Circulation Equation in a Synoptic Meteorology Lab Course at UW-Madison
Traditionally, students of synoptic meteorology are, at best, exposed to conceptual models for these circulations, which are associated with different regimes of geostrophic deformation in the vicinity of fronts. However, given the complex nature of this second-order differential equation, students rarely have an opportunity to solve this equation using real-time data. Consequently, a full understanding of the diagnostic power of this equation is difficult for students to obtain. This presentation discusses the development of software through which students can invert the Sawyer-Eliassen Circulation Equation using real-time data as part of synoptic-dynamic meteorology laboratory activities at UW-Madison. Details on the utility of the software and feedback from students will be presented to motivate its future use in other synoptic laboratory environments.