ATMOS 5400: The Climate System

Description: Interactions among components of the climate system are especially interactions concerning the atmosphere, oceans, land surfaces, and sea ice. After completion of the course, knowledge of the physical processes underlying climate dynamics will enable students to evaluate and understand projected climate change and variability.

Text: J. Moran (2010) Climate Studies: Introduction to Climate Science         

  • Introduction to the climate system
  • Global energy balance
  • Radiative transfer and climate
  • Energy balance at the surface
  • The hydrologic cycle
  • Atmospheric general circulation and climate
  • Climate sensitivity and feedback mechanisms
  • Natural climate change (including paleoclimate)
  • Anthropogenic climate change

ATMOS 6030: Climate Dynamics

Description: Analysis of the Earth climate system consisting of the atmosphere, the oceans, and the land surfaces. Topics include the global energy balance, the hydrological cycle, the general circulation, atmospheric radiative transfer, and natural and anthropogenic climate change.

Text: D. Hatrmann (1994) Global Physical Climatology

ATMOS 6040: Environmental Statistics

Description: Numerical techniques used in atmospheric modeling. Statistical methods in environmental sciences including time series analysis, multivariate data analysis, statistical forecasting, forecast verification, and hypothesis testing.

Text: M. H. Trauth (2010) MATLAB Recipes for Earth Sciences, 3rd edition