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Cecilia Bitz
ATM S 514
Seattle Campus

Ice and Climate

Examines the role of ice and snow in climate. Polar climate dynamics. Polar-global interactions. Modeling snow cover, sea ice, and ice-sheet balance, and flow in the climate system. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ESS 535.

Class description

The role of ice in the climate system, polar climate dynamics, and polar-global dynamics.

Student learning goals

The fundamentals of sea ice, ice sheets, snow, and permafrost as they relate to the climate.

Coupled high-latitude climate phenomena.

Recent climate change.

Polar paleoclimate.

General method of instruction

Lectures will be given during most class times. In addition, students will lead paper discussions in class and report on individual projects. There will be occasional guest lectures.

Recommended preparation

ATM S 501 and ATM S 511/ESS 532 would help but are not required.

Class assignments and grading

Homework will include problems and some simple modeling. There is a final project but no exams.

Homework and individual project.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Cecilia Bitz
Date: 01/31/2011