GEOS 100
Introduction to Weather and Climate Spring 2020
Division III
Cross-listed GEOS 100 / ENVI 100

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How is it that we have such a hard time predicting if it’s going to rain next week, but we can be confident in projections of future climate change decades from now? This course will explore the atmosphere and how air moves and changes, understanding the wind, clouds, precipitation, and extreme events (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornados) that form our weather. Building off of our understanding of the atmosphere, we’ll look at longer time scales to develop a basic understanding of earth’s climate, global heat and moisture transport, climate change, and the ways that humans can change our planet. We will look at weather and climate models to learn how to scientists and meteorologists predict future conditions. Labs will include local field trips, bench top experiments, and running a climate model on a computer.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 3528
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Lab assignments, a midterm, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-years and sophomores
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 100 Division III ENVI 100 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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