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AHS 478. Climate Dynamics

Credits: 3
Department: Atmospheric & Hydrologic Sciences
Description: Balance requirements of the climate system, atmospheric and oceanic general circulation, history of earth's climate, causes of climate change, climate modelling with consideration of dynamical systems analysis as well as global coupled models.
Prerequisites: AHS 475
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the balance requirements of the circulations in the atmosphere and the oceans, and of the interdisciplinary nature of the climate system.
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the range of causes of climate change and how they relate to observed changes in the history of earth's climate on a range of time scales, focusing on changes from millenial to interannual time scales.
3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the natural and anthropogenic contributions to modern climate change. In addition, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of the models used to forecast future climate change and the limitations of those efforts.






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