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Dennis L Hartmann
ATM S 571
Seattle Campus

Advanced Physical Climatology

Physical processes that determine the climate of Earth and its past and future changes. Greenhouse effect. Climate modeling. Radiative and dynamical feedback processes. Orbital parameter theory. Critical analysis of climate change predictions. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: A.

Class description

The course will cover our current understanding of climate, its past variations and its likely future course. In addition to a basic textbook introduction, the course will survey recent literature in the most interesting areas of this interdisciplinary research problem.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The format of the class will be lecture/discussion. Students will read a textbook introducing the broad outlines of the subject of physical climatology, but the major emphasis of the course will be to understand where the research frontiers lie in this broad interdisciplinary topic. We will address current themes or problems in climate research and spend time reading papers from the current scientific literature and discussing them in class.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a strong beginning graduate student level understanding of atmospheric sciences, oceanography, or related science.

Class assignments and grading

Some problem sets of an elementary nature More reading of current scientific literature an analysis and criticism of it.

Homework: 4 or 5 20% Quizzes: 2 or 3 25% Class Presentations: 25% Final Exam 30%


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 Dennis L Hartmann
Date: 05/28/1998