Climate Dynamics 710: Introduction to the Physical Climate System

and Climate Dynamics 440: Climate Dynamics

Course Syllabus Spring 2018

Course Instructor: David M. Straus

Guest Lecturers: J. Shukla, B. Klinger

Contacts: D. Straus

Map of Annual Mean Precipitation (ECMWF)

Zonal Mean of Potential Temperature ECMWF

Zonal Mean of Diabatic Heating ECMWF

Class location: Research Hall Room 121 (Climate Dynamics Lab)

Class time: Tuesday - Thursday 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Primary Required Reading (Course Notes):

Primary Reference Books:

Supplementary Reading:

Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Student Work Components

  1. Mid-Term Exam = 20% percent of grade
  2. Final Exam = 20% percent of grade
  3. Four Homework Sets = 30% percent of grade
  4. Journal Paper Presentations = 20% of grade
  5. Class Participation = 10% of grade

    Course Topics

    (Note: Content of lectures subject to updating!)

  1. Overview Lecture by J. Shukla (Part 1)
  2. Overview Lecture by J. Shukla (Part 2)
  3. Introduction to Climate
  4. Global Energy Balance
  5. Satellite Radiation Maps
  6. Planck Function and Blackbody Radiation
  7. Sample solution for Radiation models)
  8. Homework 1 (Simple Radiation models)
  9. Radiation and Climate Part 1
  10. Introduction to Temperature and Ideal Gas
  11. Radiation and Climate Part 2
  12. Short Wave Radiation Distribution
  13. Radiative-Convective Equilibrium
  14. Thermodynamics Part 1
    Enlarged Figures for Thermodynamics Part 1
    Entropy and the First Law
  15. Thermodynamics Part 2
    Thermodynamics Problem Set 1
  16. Thermodynamics Notes Part 1
  17. Thermodynamics Notes Part 2
  18. Thermodynamics Figures 2
  19. Ocean Circulation and Climate (Dr. Barry Klinger)
  20. Ocean Circulation Homework
  21. Atmosphere General Circulation: Introduction-1
  22. Hadley and Ferrel Cells
  23. Energy Transport
  24. Atmosphere General Circulation: Introduction-2
  25. Transient Fluctuations
  26. The Hydrological Cycle
  27. A direct look at Baroclinic Transients
  28. The Hydrological Cycle
  29. Oceans and Climate
  30. Paleoclimate: Observations, Theory and Modeling; Solar input distribution s(x)
  31. Brief Review

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