ESE/GE 148a - CLIMATE

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Paul Wennberg

T.A. Tim Merlis and Zhihong Tan  - office hours TBD

162 South Mudd MWF @ 2:00 PM

First Class – Monday, 27 September, 2010

 

Textbooks:

1) Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics, Marshall and Plumb, Elsevier, 2008

2) Principles of Planetary Climate, Pierrehumbert, Cambridge University Press, 20?? (copies to be provided). 

 

P/F daily homework 25%; problem set (every other week) 20%; an oral presentation 20%; final exam 35%

Oral presentations: Each student gets a particular month, e.g., January 2009. Please choose ONE published article on climate (journals such as Science and Nature, Climate Dyn., J. Climate, Geophys. Res. Lett., J. Atmos. Sci., J Phys. Oceanog., J. Geophys. Res., are all acceptable). The student gives a 10-minute talk. The goal is to instruct the class, and the class is responsible for the material presented. Please hand in a written report (an example is here )

 

Schedule of Lectures and Topics (by week):

Week 1 and 2: Global Energy Balance; orbital dynamics

Week 2 and 3: History and Evolution of Mars, Venus, and Earth's Climate

Week 4:  History and Evolution of Earth's Climate; Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Climate

Week 5: The Energy Balance of the Surface

Week 6: The Hydrological Cycle

Week 7: Climate Sensitivity and Feedback Mechanisms

Week 8: Natural Climate Change

Week 9: Anthropogenic Climate Change

Week 10: Economics and politics of global warming

Last Week: Student talks

 

Collaboration Policy

 

 Syllabus, Reading, and Problem Sets

Date/ Lecture Notes

Reading

Problem

9/27 - Notes

9/29 - Notes

Pierrehumbert – handout 1

Marshall & Plumb – Chap. 1 & 2

None Today

Ticket 1

10/1 - Notes

 

Ticket 2

10/4 - Notes

 

Ticket 3

10/6 -Notes

petit et al., Nature

Ticket 4

10/8 – Notes

Augustin et al., Nature

 Ticket 5

10/11 - fig1, fig2

 

 Ticket vacation

10/13  No Class

 

 

10/15 - Notes

 

Ticket 6

 10/18 -Notes

 

 Ticket 8

 10/20-Notes

 

  PROBLEM SET DUE

You will need the following matlab scripts:

rayleigh.m

eps18.m

 

10/22  Notes

 

Ticket 11

 10/25-Notes

 

Ticket Vacation!

 10/27-Notes

 

Ticket 13

 10/29 -

 

 Ticket 14

 11/1 - Notes

11/3   No new notes

 

Ticket 15

 11/5 - Notes

 

   

Ticket 17

 11/8 - Notes

Choose Presentation.

 Ticket vacation

 11/10 –

Hays Huybers_1; Huybers_2;

 PROBLEM SET DUE

Schw_t.m

Solution to PS2

 11/12 - notes

Snowball1   Snowball2

 Ticket 18

 11/15  notes

 

Ticket vacation

 11/17- Notes

  ; Arrhenius; Also, please start reading the "Summary for Policymakers" and the "Technical Summary  

Read this paper:

11/19 – Notes

 

 

11/22

NAS Report; Lindzen critique; It's a wonderful world approach: (1) and (2);Reports - Also check at the satellite temp record; Also, where climate scientists blog. 

Ticket 21

11/24 -

11/29

No Lecture - Hand in problem set in North Mudd 1st floor hallway box.

Problem Set Due

12/1 -

Reports

 

12/2

Reports

 

Solution to PS3

12/3

Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/8

Reports