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The Earth's Climate System

Earth And Planetary Sciences 586 - Fall 2020

This course introduces an integrative view of the Earth's climate system and its coupled components - the atmosphere, the oceans, the cryosphere, the biosphere, and the geosphere - and how they interact. Students will gain the physical scientific background needed to understand climate variability and climate change. Topics include: energy balance; general circulation of the atmosphere and the oceans; the greenhouse effect; modes of variability such as El Nino; geologic-scale climate change in the geologic past; climate models; climate change detection and attribution; projection of future climates; and societal impacts. Format of the course: Class meetings will consist of lectures, individual and group activities, and discussions. In addition, students will gain hands-on experience analyzing and interpreting real datasets through inquiry-based "practicum" exercises and in-class discussions. Remote per COVID-19. Asynchronous options for participation will be available. EPSc 586, which is intended for graduate students, meets concurrently with EPSc 386 but includes additional course activities and requirements.
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The Earth's Climate System
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