GEO 302C      Climate: Past, Present and Future


Labs for Spring 2010

Last updated on 04/21/10 10:27 AM by Rong Fu

Unique # (enrollments) TA Day Time
26380 (15) Meaghan Gorman Th   8:00am-9:30am
26385 (13) Kelly Hereid Th   3:30pm-5:00pm
26390 (13) Kelly Hereid M   11:00am-12:30pm
26395 (16) Meaghan Gorman T 11:00am-12:30pm
26400 (13) Kelly Hereid W 11:00am-12:30pm
26405 (12) Meaghan Gorman Th 11:00am-12:30pm
26410 (15) Meaghan Gorman F 11:00am-12:30pm
26415 (13) Kelly Hereid T 3:30pm-5:00pm
Lab Topics (Notes for upcoming labs will be posted on this website the day before the next lab.  Print these out and bring them to lab as an aid to your note taking and problem solving. It is to your advantage that you save these worksheets as a review guide to your exams.) (Click here for Schedule for Labs and Exams)

Lab TAs:

Kelly Hereid

Office: JGB 5.118

Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-11:00 am or by e-mail



Meaghan Gorman

Office: JGB 5.118

Office hours Monday 1:00-2:00 pm or by email


Expectations:  Lab sections will provide a focused look at key concepts covered in lecture. You are expected to attend all lab sections, be an active participant in lab activities, and complete all assignments. See the course website ( and print out and study all lab handouts before you arrive in your lab section.  Bring all lab handouts printed from this website, homework from the previous lab to be turned in, a calculator, and book to the lab section unless otherwise specified. Your TA will NOT bring printed labs to section. If you must miss your lab section, it is your responsibility to (1) contact your TA well in advance of your absence and (2) attend a different lab section.


Homework - 100%

Lab homework: Each lab contains follow-up questions to be done as homework. Lab homework must be turned in to your TA in the lab section in which you are registered. Lab homework is due at the start of the section in which you are registered. Lab homework turned in after lab activities begin is late and will receive zero credit. . The number of points assigned to each lab question will be listed beside each question. Points may be assigned both to the “right” answer and to the explanation of how you arrived at the answer. Graded labs will be handed back two weeks after they are turned in. If you attend a different section, you lab homework is still due to your TA in your section.

Lab Topics and Assignments:

No Labs in the 1st week of class.

Lab 1: (Week of January 25) Introductions and an overview of climate science (lab 1 notes)

Lab 2: (color vision) (Week of February 1) Earth’s radiative balance (lab 2 notes)

Lab 3: (Week of February 8) General circulation (lab 3 notes)

Lab R1: (Week of February 15). Review for Exam 1.

Lab 4: (Week of February 22). The Day After Tomorrow.

Lab 5  (Week of March 1). Daisyworld.

Lab 6: (Week of March 8). The cryosphere, oxygen and carbon isotopes, and paleoclimate records. (lab 6 notes) (lab 6 answers)

           (Week of March 15: Spring Break)

Lab R2: (Week of March 22). Review for Exam 2.

Lab 7: (Week of March 29).  Hurricanes and global warming. (lab 7 notes)

Lab 8: (Week of April 5). Work on poster presentations

Labs 9, 10, and 11 (Weeks of April 12, 19, April 26, and May 3). Poster presentation. (These are last labs of this semester.)

Lab 9: (Week of April 12). Poster projects.

Lab R3: (Week of April 19). Review for Exam 3. (TA's Exam 3 Review)
Lab 10: (Week of April 26). Poster presentations are given in lab sessions.

Lab 11: (Week of May 3). Selected presentations are given to the entire class.

Web Address for Class- You may want to bookmark this because you will need to access it throughout the semester.