The Science of Climate (ATM S 321)

ATM S 321

3 credits

Instructor(s):

Location: MGH 251

Schedule: MWF 11:30-12:20

Department: Atmospheric Sciences

Quarter: Spring

This is a course on the physics of the climate of Earth for upper division science students. We will discuss how the surface temperature of Earth is maintained and altered through radiative, convective and dynamic processes. A general introduction to the climate system, and the energy balance of Earth. The role of the atmosphere, land and ocean in the climate system. General circulation of the atmosphere and ocean. Natural climate variations - ice ages. Paleoclimatic data sources. Human induced climate change.