Science of Climate (ATMS 321)

ATMS 321

3 credits



Location: JHN 022

Schedule: MWF 11:30-12:20

Department: Atmospheric Sciences

Quarter: Spring

This course describes the physical processes that maintain the surface climate of Earth. Once the basic physical processes are introduced, the causes of global climate variability can be analyzed. The evidence for, and the likely causes of, climate variations during Earth history will be discussed, including carbon cycling and orbital parameter variations. These provide a background for understanding future changes in Earth's climate, including those caused by human modification of the atmosphere.
Prerequisite: minimum of grade of 2.0 each of MATH 124; MATH 125; MATH 126; PHYS 121; PHYS 122; PHYS 123.