GEOS 309
Modern Climate Fall 2019
Division III
Cross-listed GEOS 309 / ENVI 209

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What will happen to the Earth’s climate in the next century? What is contributing to sea level rise? Is Arctic sea ice doomed? In this course we will study the components of the climate system (atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, biosphere and land surface) and the processes through which they interact. Greenhouse gas emission scenarios will form the basis for investigating how these systems might respond to human activity. This course will explore how heat and mass are moved around the atmosphere and ocean to demonstrate how the geographic patterns of climate change arise. We will also focus on climate feedback effects–like the albedo feedback associated with sea ice and glacier loss–and how these processes can accelerate climate change. In labs we will learn MATLAB to use process and full-scale climate models to investigate the behavior of these systems in response to increasing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. This course is in the Oceans and Climate group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Type: lecture and lab
Limit: 24
Expected: 15
Class#: 1596
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of lab projects, a midterm, and a final exam
Prerequisites: GEOS 100, GEOS 103, ENVI 102, GEOS 215, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 309 Division III ENVI 209 Division III
Attributes: EVST Environmental Science
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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