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 14 July 2004
ATOC 530 Climate Dynamics I (Fall 2004)
  Instructor: Prof. Lawrence A. Mysak
Time and place: 11.30-12.30 MWF, Burnside Hall (BH) 719A

NOTE: This course will first meet on Wednesday, Sept. 8 2004. The two earlier scheduled classes for Sept. 1and Sept. 3 will be made up later.

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Zhaomin Wang, Email:
Teaching Assistant: To be announced.

Course Outline
1. Framework of climate science (8-9 lectures)
- Overview of the climate system, climate processes and feedbacks (Ruddiman, Chap. 1 and 2)
- Climate archives and data (Ruddiman, Chap. 3 and 16)
- The spectrum of climate models (Ruddiman, Chap. 3 Claussen et al., 2002.)

2. Observations and processes of climate change on decreasing timescales (15-16 lectures)
- Tectonic changes -- 10 Myr timescale (Ruddiman, Chap. 4-7)
- Orbital changes -- 10 Kyr timescale (Ruddiman, Chap. 8-12)
- Deglaciation and millennial changes -- 100 to 1 Kyr timescale (Ruddiman, Chap. 13-15)

3. Climate models of reduced complexity (12-13 lectures) (references below)
- ocean box (dynamical system) models
- 1-D atmospheric EMBMs and RCMs
- 2-D atmosphere-ocean models
- 2.5-D atmosphere-ocean-sea ice-land surface models
- ice sheet models

Required text: Ruddiman, WF, 2001: Earth's Climate: Past and Future, WH Freeman and Co.
Bjornsson H, Mysak LA, Schmidt GA (1997) Mixed boundary conditions versus coupling with an energy moisture balance model for a zonally averaged ocean climate model. J Climate 10: 2412-2430.
Claussen, M et al., 2002: Earth system models of intermediate complexity: closing the gap in the spectrum of climate models. Climate Dynamics 18: 579-586.
IPCC, 2001: Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Houghton, JT et al. editors. Cambridge Univ. Press.
McGuffie, K, and Henderson-Sellers, A, 1997: A climate modelling primer, 2nd edition, Wiley.
Peixoto, JP, and Oort, AH, 1992: Physics of Climate, Amer. Inst. of Physics.
Wang, Z, Mysak LA (2000) A simple coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice-land surface model for climate and paleoclimate studies. J Climate 13: 1150-1172.

Evaluation: Mid-term 25%
Assignments 25%
Final Exam 50%

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