The coupled interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean have a significant impact on determining the Earth's climate. The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the largest source of variability in the climate system on interannual timescales, has large impacts throughout the globe, and is the dominant example of air-sea interactions between the atmosphere and ocean. This course will focus on how the atmosphere and ocean interact to determine global climate variability, using ENSO as an example.Spring 2015 Syllabus
Global models are the primary tools used to make predictions and projections of climate. A solid understanding of what is included and not included in these models, how they represent climate variability on a variety of space and timescales, and an introduction to how to run an Earth system model are basic skills needed to engage in climate research. This class will be laboratory and discussion focused. Students will read and discuss sections of the IPCC report and relevant journal articles. Students will also learn how to run an earth system model and evaluate data from seasonal predictions and climate projections.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of CLIM XXX: Physical Climate System or Equivalent; Ability to program in Fortran, Matlab, or similar, Familiarity with UNIX/LINUX commandsFall 2016 Syllabus SPEEDY Model