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

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Tue Dec 6 10:27:43 PST 2016


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

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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