Fall 2021 - GEOG 314 D100
The Climate System (4)
Class Number: 4303
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 14, 2021
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
1 778 782-9047
Office: RCB 6238
Office Hours: TBA
A survey of the climate system, with emphasis on the interactions among its components; radiation, energy and water balances; carbon cycle; climate sensitivity and feedbacks; natural and human-induced climate change. Quantitative.
Course Details: This course examines the basic principles and processes governing the Earth’s climate. It emphasizes the notion of climate as a “system”, i.e. an entity regulated by the physical and biogeochemical interactions between its components – the atmosphere, ocean and land surface. Topics examined in the course include:
- The “system’s approach” to climate
- Global energy balance, greenhouse effect
- Atmospheric circulation, hydrologic cycle
- Climate variability
- Ocean circulation and climate
- Land surface and climate
- Carbon cycle
- Climate feedbacks
- History and evolution of Earth’s climate
- Global warming
Course organization: The course will be organized around a 2-hour in-person lecture, supplemented with lecture recordings, and a 2-hour in-person laboratory session each week. All course materials will be made available through Canvas.
There will be no laboratory sessions in the first week of classes.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
After completing the course students will be able to:
- Recall and explain key processes in the atmosphere, ocean and on the land surface that govern Earth’s climate
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of simple models to interpret the dynamics of the climate system
- Effectively communicate scientific information in written and visual form
- Laboratory Assignments 35%
- In-class Participation 5%
- Midterm Exam 25%
- Final Exam 35%
L.R. Kump, J.F. Kasting and R.G. Crane, The Earth System, 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2010, ISBN: 0-32-159779-6.
The text is only available as hardcopy. It will be supplemented with additional materials (notes, articles, online resources).
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