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Fall 2017-2018
* ENV 367 / GEO 367 (QR)   No Audit

Modeling the Earth System: Assessing Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change

Laure Resplandy

This course is an introduction to earth system modeling for students interested in global environmental issues. Students will use a "compact" or "reduced" earth system model, including the ocean, the land and the atmosphere, to examine how the system responds to human activities and natural climate variations. In small groups, they will design mitigation and geo-engineering scenarii (reforestation, carbon capture, emission limitation etc.), test their impact using the model and analyze and discuss their results. This course is designed to give students a critical thinking about climate models, their strengths and their limitations.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be asked to read less than 50 pages a week. Mid-semester written report on group projects (25%). Final written paper and oral presentation of group projects, which serves as final exam (40% = 20% written paper + 20% oral presentation). Problem sets based on readings and computer assignments (15%)

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Problem set(s) - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Strong interest in science and enthusiasm to learn basics of "Python notebook", an interactive computational environment used to analyze, manage and share data. Prior programming experience is not required..

Other information:
The class will be divided into small groups to design model experiments, mitigation strategies and discuss results. Each group will give a class presentation of their project as part of the final exam. Students will spend 2 hours a week running the model and analyzing the data on computers. Computers with software installed will be provided to the students for class. Other 25% = Mid-semester written report on group project.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22707 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:13 Limit:10 Closed