Strong warming in recent decades suggests that the Earth is not in energy balance.
This course examines the Earth's climate system from a physical perspective. It is required for
students enrolled in the climate concentration of the ATMS major. Class
sizes are generally small (5-10 students). Course material is delivered primarily in lecture format.
Students design and execute a climate modeling project using EdGCM
as a capstone project.
The course is organized into components of the Earth system. The radiation balance is covered extensively
in the first 1/3 of the course. We also examine the physics of the cryosphere (ice), ocean, atmosphere, land
processes, and feedbacks between them. Paleoclimatology and climate modeling conclude this action packed course. Students
also learn about interesting events and ideas in climatology, including the Gaia hypothesis and the snowball