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Fall 2012-2013
AOS 577 / GEO 577  

Climate of the Earth: Present, Past and Future

Thomas L. Delworth

The goal of the course is to provide students with an introductory overview of the broad factors that determine our current climate, as well as past and future climates. We first build a foundation for understanding the principal features of today's climate. This includes examining the Earth's energy and water cycles, the processes determining the principal atmospheric and ocean circulation features, climate feedback processes, and dominant modes of variability. We then use this framework to interpret observational records of past climates, including ice age cycles, and to examine projections of future climate change.

Sample reading list:
W.F. Ruddiman, Earths Climate: Past and Future
J. Marshall & R.A. Plumb, Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text
J.M. Wallace and P.V. Hobbs, Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey
D.L. Hartmann, Global Physical Climatology

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21845 L01 9:00 am - 10:20 am T Th   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:16 Limit:25