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Spring 2016-2017
* GEO 299 / ENV 299 / WRI 299 / STC 299 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Studio Lab: El Niño, Global Climate Changes and Earth's Habitability

Samuel G. Philander
Sajan Saini

Astronomers estimate that our galaxy has billions of planets, but the only one known to be habitable is planet Earth. Students working in small teams at Princeton's StudioLab will build models that explain how the evolution of a glorious diversity of flora and fauna depended on the recycling of water, oxygen, and carbon between the atmosphere, oceans, "solid" earth, and the biosphere, to the rhythm of climate fluctuations that include El Niño, La Niña and the seasonal cycle, that are now changing. Each team will document its research by producing a short science film that explains why our exceptional planet needs responsible stewardship.

Sample reading list:
E. Losh et al., Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide...
S.G. Philander, Princeton Univ. Press, Is the Temperature Rising? The Uncertain Science...

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignments and biweekly term papers

Requirements/Grading:
Design Project - 40%
Lab Reports - 10%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required

Other information:
This course does not satisfy a GEO Introductory requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41077 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:7 Limit:20