Advanced Climatology GOG 431 and 504

Spring 1997

INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Andrei Lapenis

CLASS MEETS Monday, Wednesday 1:00 -2:20 p.m., Earth Science, Room 325.

GRADES: your final average is FA = (1/3) (GM + GP + GF) , where GM, GP are the grades on midterm exam and midterm paper, and GF is the grade on the final. The grading on each is: >90= A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, 60-0=F.

REQUIRED BOOK:

H.H. Lamb "Climate, History and the Modern World". Second edition. Routledge, 1995.

RECCOMMENDED READING:

1. M.I. Budyko "The Evolution of the Biosphere". D.Reidel Publishing Company. 1984.

2. T. J. Crowley and G.R. North "Paleoclimatology". Oxford University Press. 1991.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The Earth's Climate in the Past and Future. This course will start with the history of earth's climate. The survey of past climates will help us to better understand the general aspects of physical climatology, and climatic trends. Present climatic trends will be considered in relation to the accelerating growth of human population, production of energy and development of agriculture. Students will also study different methods of detection, analysis, and prediction of possible anthropogenic climate changes.

Part I The development of climate

January 22- February 12

Part II Climate and history

February 19 -April 9

Part III Climate in the modern world and questions about the future

April 14 - May 7

MIDTERM EXAM:

March 12, 1:00-2:20 p.m.

DEADLINE FOR THE COURSE PAPER:

March 31

FINAL EXAM:

May 16, 10:30-12:30