Goals: To provide, from a global perspective, an introduction to the physical interactions in the climate system that includes the atmosphere, the ocean, and the land surface. To discuss how the system responds to various forcing factors.
Topics: Basics of weather and climate and their mathematical equations. Radiation, Convection, Clouds, Precipitation, and General Circulation. Physical processes having an impact on precipitation and evapotranspiration at the earth's surface. Key global change issues explored using simple, web-based climate models.
Instructor: Dr. Zong-Liang Yang, Tel: 512-471-3824, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MWF, 11:00 – 12:00
JGB Room 3.222
Friday, 3-5pm or by appointment, JGB Room 5.220DA
Global Physical Climatology (Dennis L. Hartmann, Academic Press, pp. 411)
Basic calculus and physics (M308M and PHY 303K or equivalent courses) and an interest in interdisciplinary processes.
Generally, homework will be due one week from the date when it is given; if it is given on Friday, it will be due next Friday in the beginning of the class. Late homework will not be accepted without a pretty good reason. You are encouraged to work together on your homework if you wish, but make sure you understand what you write down.
Pop-quizzes will be given at random times without prior notice, about every 2 weeks. In these you will be given a question related to the subject matter and/or assigned reading materials to write about or a problem to solve, and about 5 minutes to do it. Please bring loose-leaf paper, a pencil, and a scientific calculator to every class.
There will be no mid-term test and final examination. Participation in class discussions, and raising good questions during lecture are strongly encouraged. Grades will be determined from the following formula:
Bi-weekly 10-minute quiz 30%
Literature Review 20%
For undergraduate students, the emphasis is on the basic understanding of the materials and hands-on experience of the web-based climate models.
Graduate students, however, need to read and comment on cutting-edge research articles in the literature. In addition, graduate students are expected to demonstrate more skills in quantitative analysis and numerical modeling.
Final Letter Grades: The percent-letter grade relationship will usually be: >90 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, and < 60 Ouch. Your attendance and extra credits will affect your final grades.
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