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Cecilia Bitz
ATM S 559
Seattle Campus

Climate Modeling

Principles of Earth system modeling. Emphasis on atmosphere, ocean sea ice, and land-surface components. Climate forcing. Appropriate use of models. Topics of current interest including carbon cycle, atmosphere chemistry, and biogeochemistry. Prerequisite: either ATM S 587/OCEAN 587/ESS 587, ATM S 504 or ATM S 505. Offered: jointly with ESS 559/OCEAN 558.

Class description

The objective for this course it to teach the principles of Earth system modeling to graduate students in Earth sciences. Specific topics, listed in the draft schedule below, will be covered each week with a continuing emphasis on numerical issues and the appropriate use of models for problem solving. The instruction time will be split between classroom lecture and practical computing lab, where students will at times write simple MATLAB codes themselves or run models commonly used for climate research. Course work will include weekly exercises and reading, class discussions, and a course project with final presentation.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

ATM S 587, 504, or 505

Class assignments and grading


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.
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Last Update by Cecilia Bitz
Date: 03/13/2012