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Fall 2010-2011
* GEO 102B / ENV 102B (ST)   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.

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:
Three lectures, one three hour laboratory per week

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

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
High School Calculus.

Other information:
One day field trip

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22039 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:19 Limit:30
22045 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   177   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
22046 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Guyot Hall   177   Enrolled:8 Limit:15