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Fall 2011-2012
* GEO 102A / ENV 102A (STN)   No Pass/D/Fail

Climate: Past, Present, and Future

Michael L. Bender
Daniel M. Sigman

An introduction to the processes and conditions that control Earth's climate; an overview of past climate evolution from the time of Earth's origin to the period of human history; and an investigation of ongoing climate changes and those predicted for the future, including the capacity of human activities to alter climate and the impacts of climate change on environment and society. Intended primarily for students not concentrating in science or engineering. 102A: three lectures per week (2 research papers over the semester)

Sample reading list:
Cockell, C., An Introduction in the Earth-Life-System
Graedel, T.E., Crutzen, P.J., Atmospheric Change
Kump, L.R. et al., The Earth System
Ruddiman, W.F., Earth's Climate
Stanley, S.M., Earth System History

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students not taking the lab option (B), are required to complete two research papers based on books from the popular science press, as approved by the instructors.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Quizzes - 20%
Papers - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
High School Calculus.

Other information:
One day field trip

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20646 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:8 Limit:30