GEOS 215 Spring 2017 Climate Changes

Cross Listed as ENVI215
In recent years, there has been a growing public and scientific interest in the Earth's climate and its variability. This interest reflects both concern over future climate changes resulting from anthropogenic increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases and growing recognition of the economic impact of "natural" climate variability (for example, El NiƱo events), especially in the developing world. Efforts to understand the Earth's climate system and predict future climate changes require both study of parameters controlling present day climate and detailed studies of climate changes in the past. In this course, we will review the processes that control the Earth's climate, like solar radiation, the greenhouse effect, ocean circulation, configuration of continents, and positive and negative feedbacks. At the same time, we will review the geological record of climate changes in the past, examining their causes. Laboratories and problem sets will emphasize developing problem solving skills as well as sampling and interpreting geological archives of climate change.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week; one three-hour lab per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on lab exercises and problem sets (25%), three hour exams (50%), and a final project (25%) where students will collect, analyze, and interpret data
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Prerequisites: 100-level course in GEOS, CHEM, or PHYS or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Geosciences majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Group EB-B Electives,ENVS Group EG-B Electives,EVST Environmental Science,MAST Interdepartmental Electives,SCST Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3546
GEOS 215 - 01 (S) LEC Climate Changes Division 3: Science and Mathematics Mea S. Cook
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Clark Hall 105 3546
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