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Thomas P. Ackerman
ATM S 211
Seattle Campus

Climate and Climate Change

The nature of the global climate system. Factors influencing climate including interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, solid earth, and biosphere. Stability and sensitivity of climate system. Global warming, ozone depletion, and other human influences. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This is an introductory course for non-science majors on climate and climate change. The goal of the course is to help students understand the major climate issues of the day and the role of human activity in climate change. A related goal is to enable students to evaluate material about these issues critically. The class focus will be on the earth climate as a coupled system including the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thomas P. Ackerman
Date: 03/18/2009