[pccgrads] Win 2017 Climate Dynamics w/ Roe and Armour

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Tue Dec 6 10:27:43 PST 2016


NEW FOR WINTER 2017!!!



CLIMATE DYNAMICS: Being taught as a special topics course, so register for
ATMS 591A, ESS 590 or OCN 569 (all special topics course numbers)



Winter 2017

3 credits

M/W 2-3:30 in OCN 425

Instructors: Gerard Roe (ESS) and Kyle Armour (ATMOS)



One of three courses that satisfies the Climate Dynamics course requirement
for the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science
<https://pcc.uw.edu/education/graduate-certificate/>



Course Description

This course will examine Earth's climate dynamics from the perspective of
recent research that has focused on the energy budget.



Topics will include: the processes that control Earth's climatology;
radiative feedbacks and climate sensitivity; timescales of climate response
to forcing; mechanisms of climate variability; oceanic and atmospheric heat
transport from an energy budget perspective; the role of ocean circulation
in climate change; the surface energy budget and hydrologic cycle changes
with global warming; and sources of uncertainty in climate prediction.



We will explore these topics through a hierarchy of idealized physical
models, as well as their application towards understanding the complex
system dynamics seen in both nature and GCMs.



Prerequisites: familiarity with differential equations; experience with
MATLAB a plus.

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