GEO 391 (Unique 28185)
GLOBAL LAND ATMOSPHERE INTERACTION DYNAMICS (GLAD)
Goals: To provide an introduction to the role of land in weather and climate systems, and to transition the students from learning a course to doing a research project.
Topics: Basics of terrestrial surface energy, water and carbon balances. Micrometeorology and atmospheric boundary layer. Ecohydrology, biometeorology, hydrometeorology, and hydroclimatology. Theory, modeling, and observations. Spatial scales: point scale (meters) to global. Temporal scales: seconds to centuries.
At the end of the semester, the students are expected to be knowledgeable about the frontier research topics facing the scientific community and society, such as the global water/energy/carbon cycles, the relative contributions to climate change due to increases in greenhouse gases and changes in land use/land cover, the impacts of urbanization and deforestation on the atmosphere and climate, and the impacts of climate change on water resources, ecosystems, and the environment. Although the students are not required to run state-of-the-art land surface models, they will need to know how these models can be used to answer science questions, they will learn how to design numerical experiments, interpret results from (say) the NCAR Community Land Model (Diagnostics), understand the sources of observations (e.g., flux tower measurements and satellite remote sensing), write scientific reports, and make scientific presentations.
Instructor: Dr. Zong-Liang Yang, Tel: 512-471-3824, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tentative Schedules (to be refined during the course of the semester)
|1||August 27 (First class) Introduction||August 29||
History of Land Surface Studies;
Shuttleworth: Ch. 1 Hydrometeorology and the global water cycle; Bonan: Ch. 1-3: Intro., components of the Earth system, and global energy, hydrologic, and biogeochemical cycles
|2||Sept 1: Labor Day Holiday||Sept 3||Sept 5: Quiz #1; Thermodynamics||Shuttleworth: Ch. 2 Water vapor in the atmosphere, Ch. 3 Vertical gradients in the atmosphere, Ch. 10 Formation of clouds|
|3||Sept 8: CAHMDA VI http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/ciess/cahmda-vi-hepex-dafoh-iii/programme/||Sept 10: CAHMDA VI http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/ciess/cahmda-vi-hepex-dafoh-iii/programme/||
Sept 12: CAHMDA VI
Bonan, Ch. 5 Atmospheric general circulation and
climate; Ch. 6, Earth's climate; Ch. 7 Climate
Shuttleworth: Ch. 9 Global scale influences on hydrometeorology
|4||Sept 15||Sept 17: Atmospheric Stability||Sept 19: Independent Study||Problem Set #1 Due September 22 (see Assignments.htm)|
|5||Sept 22: Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Turbulence||Sept 24||Sept 26: Turbulence (Independent Study)||Bonan,
Ch. 13, 14, 15; ABL and surface energy balance,
Shuttleworth: Ch. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 10, 11, 12
|6||Sept 29: Quiz #2||Oct 1||Oct 3||Bonan: Ch. 18: plant canopy,
big leaf models,
d, LAI; LAI
satellite remote sensing)
Shuttleworth: Ch. 21, 22 Whole canopy interactions
|7||Oct 6||Oct 8||Oct 10: Quiz #3; hydrology||Bonan: Ch. 11, 12: water
balance, watershed hydrology, and river routing
Shuttleworth: Ch. 1, 12, 13, 14, 23 The global water cycle, precipitation, evaporation
|8||Oct 13: Soil map||Oct 15: UCAR Meeting||Oct 17||Bonan: Ch. 9, soil physics:
soil classifications and soil temperatures
Shuttleworth: Ch. 4, 6, 7 Surface energy fluxes
|9||Oct 20: 10-L Soil Model||Oct 22||Oct 24: Quiz #4||Bonan: Ch. 9, 10: soil
physics: soil moisture and soil biogeochemistry;
Soil Physics Multi-State Research Project
Shuttleworth: Ch. 24 SVATs
|10||Oct 27||Oct 29: Biomes, PFTs, and DGVMs||Oct 31||Bonan: Ch. 16, 17, 18; Leaf
energy fluxes and leaf photosynthesis (The
Farquhar model; New applications:
et al. 2011,
et al. 2011)
Shuttleworth: Ch. 21 Canopy processes and canopy resistances
Bonan: Ch. 19-24: ecosystems, vegetation dynamics, global biogeography
Shuttleworth: Ch. 24: SVATs
|11||Nov 3 (Term Paper Topic Due)||Nov 5: LSMs; Land-atmosphere interactions (Dr. Jiangfeng Wei)||Nov 7: Quiz #5||Bonan: Ch. 25, 27, 28, 29:
Shuttleworth: Ch. 25: Sensitivity to land surface exchanges
|12||Nov 10||Nov 12: Urbanization; CLMU||Nov 14: subgrid scale variability of land surface features; scaling up and down (zooming in and out)||Bonan: Ch. 27, 30: Land use
and land cover change, urbanization
Shuttleworth: Ch. 25C: The influence of imposed persistent changes in land cover
|13||Nov 17||Nov 19||Nov 21: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Opportunities||Modeling discussions:
Bonan, G. B., and S. Levis (2010), Quantifying carbon-nitrogen feedbacks in the Community Land Model (CLM4), Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L07401, doi:10.1029/2010GL042430.
Lawrence, D.M., K.W. Oleson, M.G. Flanner, P.E. Thornton, S.C. Swenson, P.J. Lawrence, X. Zeng, Z.-L. Yang, S. Levis, K. Sakaguchi, G.B. Bonan, and A. G. Slater, 2011: Parameterization improvements and functional and structural advances in version 4 of the Community Land Model, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, [pdf]
Gent, P. R., G. Danabasoglu, L. Donner, M. M. Holland, E. C. Hunke, S. R. Jayne, D. M. Lawrence, R. B. Neale, P. J. Rasch, M. Vertenstein, P. H. Worley, Z.-L. Yang, and M. Zhang, 2011: The Community Climate System Model Version 4. J. Climate, 24, 4973-4991, doi: 10.1175/2011JCLI4083.1. [http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/2011JCLI4083.1 ]
|14||Nov 24: Quiz #6||Nov 26||Nov 28||Modeling discussions; Presentations|
|15||Dec 1: (Term Paper Due) Presentations||Dec 3: Presentations; course evaluations||Dec 5 (Last class)||Presentations|
Friday, 12:45-1:45pm or by appointment, JGB Room 5.220DA
Ecological Climatology: Concepts and Applications (Gordon Bonan, 2008, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, pp. 550)
(W. J. Shuttleworth, 2012, John Wiley & Sons., Ltd, pp. 448)
Terrestrial Hydrometeorology (W. J. Shuttleworth, 2012, John Wiley & Sons., Ltd, pp. 448)
Assignments: click here
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 Monday, it will be due next Monday 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:
|Homework/Participation and Basic Programming||30%|
|Bi-weekly 5-minute quiz||30%|
|Topic for term paper (Due November 3, 2014) [see Elements of Style and A Guide to Write a Paper by G.H. Jirka (1992)]||20%|
|Presentation (Term paper due December 1, 2014)||20%|
Graduate students 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.
UT's Classroom Safety Procedure:
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wo files are: emergency preparedness and emergency terms. Note thatthe phone number for the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) is 512-232-5050. If you would like more information regarding emergency preparedness, visit http://www.utexas.edu/safety/preparedness/.
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The Atmospheric Boundary Layer, J. R. Garratt, QC 880.4 B65 G37 1992.
Handbook of Hydrology, D. R. Maidment, GB 662.5 M35 1993.
Land Surface Evaporation: Measurement and Parameterization, T. J. Schmugge and J.-C. Andre, QC 915.6 L36 1991.
An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation, 2nd edition, K.N. Liou, 2002
A Climate Modeling Primer, 2nd edition, K. McGuffie and A. Henderson-Sellers, 1997
Climate System Modeling, K. E. Trenberth, QC 981 C65 1992.
Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling, Second Edition, R. A. Pielke, Sr., Academic Press, 2002.