GEOS 227
Climate Data Analysis Spring 2022
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 226
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In this tutorial, students will learn how to access and work with the datasets that show how our climate is changing. The course introduces a series of analytical methods used in climate science, and students then apply those ‘recipes’ to data of their choosing to research parts of the climate system. Over the course of the term, a student might investigate the seasonality of global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, maps of sea level anomalies, and the impact El NiƱo patterns have on Western US rainfall. Students will present their findings, and their insights into the particular aspect of the climate system, at weekly tutorial meetings. Analytical approaches covered in the class include climatologies, time series analysis (trends, periodicity, and autocorrelation), anomaly maps, composites, and zonal/meridional averaging. As for regions and climate systems students can explore: the sky is the limit. This course is in the Oceans and Climates group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Asynchronous recorded lectures will provide instruction on new analytical techniques every two weeks. Students will meet in pairs for one hour every week with the instructor: each student will present the results of their data analysis and their interpretation for discussion every other week.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3185
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Five 3-4 page papers including figures made from analyzing data.
Prerequisites: At least one GEOS or ENVI course
Enrollment Preferences: Students with a strong interest in Geosciences and Geoscience majors.
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 227 Division III ENVI 226 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Environmental Science
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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