ATM S 571 Advanced Physical Climatology

Fall Quarter 2017

We're scheduled to meet 1:30-2:20 MWF in ATG 610. An awesome group of 7 outstanding students has registered for the class, so it should be great fun, but let's recruit 1 or 2 more.

My office is ATG 710, 543-7460,

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This is an advanced course in climate for Graduate Students who have completed one or more years of graduate study in Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, or a closely related physical science field. It assumes basic familiarity with the Earth's climate system on a quantitative level.

It will involve some lecture and some reading/discussion of current literature. We'll use the second edition of Global Physical Climatology by D.L. Hartmann for getting started. I'll make the lecture slides available, so if you don't have a copy, you'll still be able to follow along. It's currently about $89 to buy and $26 to rent on Amazon.

My plan is to make sure we're all up to speed on the basic ideas, then go off and read and discuss current literature as soon as we are ready for that. Maybe we will also read some classic papers. I think a reasonable way to go is to have some general lecture by me, then read a paper, then class discussion, mostly led by students. We'll break it up by topic, so we should have some lecture and some paper reading and some discussion every week of the quarter.

First Cut Syllabus

First Cut Syllabus with some tentative references

I think we will not have a final exam. We might have some diagnostic quizzes to see if the concepts are solidly in place. Instead of a final we will have a required paper and a talk to describe it. I will give you some possible paper/talk topics, but you can also propose some. Hopefully this will not be your current research, but something that will stretch your range. I'll ask you to pick a topic fairly early in the quarter, then some people will have to present as much as a couple weeks before the end of class, maybe more, depending on what length we choose for the talks and associated discussion.

Marotzke, et al. 2017: Read this.

Possible Paper/Talk Topics

Canvas page for this course.