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James W Murray
ATM S 586
Seattle Campus

Current Research in Climate Change

Weekly lectures focusing on a particular aspect of climate (topic to change each year) from invited speakers (both UW and outside), plus one or two keynote speakers, followed by class discussion. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with ESS 586/OCEAN 586.

Class description

PCC586 UW Program on Climate Change RESEARCH SEMINAR

Tuesday at 3:30 and some seminars on Monday or Friday OSB425

The schedule as of 23 September is as follows:

October 5 No Class

October 12 Dennis Hartmann (UW-Atmos) Overview and Discussion: Understanding Climate Change Feedbacks Reading: Selections from NAS NRC Report (2003)

October 19 Chris Bretherton (UW – Atmos) Presentation and Discussion: Fast Feedbacks and Water Vapor Reading: NAS NRC Report (2003) Chapter 2 Cloud, Water Vapor and Lapse Rate Feedbacks

October 26 Kyle Armour (UW-Atmos) Presentation and Discussion: Sea Ice Feedbacks Reading: NAS NRC Report (2003) Chapter 3 Sea Ice Feedbacks

November 2 No Class

November 9 Preparation for Andreas Schmittner (Oregon State University) Reading and Discussion: Schmittner and Galbraith (2008) Glacial Greenhouse gas fluctuations controlled by ocean circulation changes. Nature 456, 373-376 November 12 Andreas Schmittner Friday Seminar: 1230 425 OSB (part of Chem Ocean Lunch Seminar) Title: Can we constrain climate-carbon cycle feedbacks using modern observations?

November 15 Hugh Ducklow (The Ecosystem Center, Woods Hole) Monday Seminar: 330 425 OSB Title: Rapid Climate Warming and Ecosystem Response on the West Antarctic Peninsula Reading: 1. Schofield et al (2010) How do polar marine ecosystems respond to rapid climate change? Science 328, 1520-1523. 2. Montes-Hugo et al (2009) Recent Changes in Phytoplankton Communities Associated with Rapid Regional Climate Change Along the Western Antarctic Peninsula Science 323, 1470-1473

November 23 No Class Thanksgiving Week

November 30 Preparation for Nicole Lovenduski (Univ. Colorado) Reading: LeQuere et al (2007) Saturation of the Southern Ocean CO2 sink due to recent climate change. Science 316, 1735-1738 December 6 Nicole Lovenduski (Univ. Colorado) Monday Seminar: 330 425 OSB Title: Recent Changes in Southern Ocean Biogeochemistry

December 7 Preparation for Eric Galbraith (McGill University) Reading: Schmittner et al (2009) Using tracer observations to reduce the uncertainty of ocean diapycnal mixing and climate–carbon cycle projections. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 23, GB4009 and Friedlingstein et al (2006) Climate–Carbon Cycle Feedback Analysis: Results from the C4MIP Model Intercomparison. Journal of Climate 19, 3337-3353.

December 10 Eric Galbraith (McGill University) Friday Seminar: 1230 425 OSB Title: Salted, not stirred: mixing up an abyssal cocktail for low glacial CO2

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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 James W Murray
Date: 09/10/2010