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Fall 2012-2013
* GEO 102B / ENV 102B (STL)  

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:
Kump, L.R., Kasting, J.F. & Crane, R.G. (2010), The Earth System, 3rd Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall
Archer, D. & Rahmstorf, S. (2010) Cambridge Univ. Press, The Climate Crisis: An Introductory Guide to Climate Change
Wilson, R.C.L., Drury, S.A. & Chapman, J.L. (2000), The Great Ice Age, Routledge, (Open Univ. Press) London

Reading/Writing assignments:
Note: all readings from this text will be posted in the online course reserves. 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
22424 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:11 Limit:30
22425 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   177   Enrolled:5 Limit:15
22426 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Guyot Hall   177   Enrolled:6 Limit:15