GEOS 309
Modern Climate Fall 2023
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed 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: Format: lecture/laboratory
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1444
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 4 multi-week lab projects and several short quizzes
Prerequisites: Any of GEOS 100, GEOS 103, ENVI 102, GEOS 215, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: GEOS and ENVI majors
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 209 Division III GEOS 309 Division III
QFR Notes: Lab projects consist of a series of numerical climate modeling projects, which require significant quantitative and logical reasoning.
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Environmental Science
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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