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.
Section 01The Earth's Climate System
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