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.
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
- 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,
- Orbital changes -- 10 Kyr timescale (Ruddiman,
- 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
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%
Final Exam 50%
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