ATOC 1060-Our Changing
Lecturer: De-Zheng Sun
TA: Anne Hickey; phone: 303 492 0488; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Office: ECNT 226 (Engineering Center, North Tower); Office hours:2 pm--4 pm Wednesdays. Jun Jian; phone: 303-735-2650; Office: D339, Duane Building. Office hours: 2pm-3pm.
Classroom: GB120, Duane Building.
Text Book: Climate Change, W. J. Burroughs, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001, 298 pp
Goals Of The Course:
Global warming has been referred as a defining issue of the 21st century. This course is to help you to better understand the facts and logic behind the theory of global warming. You will essentially have a guided tour of the climate system and the science of global climate change. By the end of the course, you will feel more informed and ready to participate in public discussions about major issues in the area of global climate change.
08/27; Lecture 1: Introduction, Weather, Climate, and the Climate System
08/29; Lecture 2: The Earth in the Solar System—Solar and Terrestrial Radiation
Reading Assignments: Chapter 2.1.1—2.1.3 of Burrough,
09/03; Lecture 3: The Earth in the Solar System—The Energy Balance Of Earth
Reading Assignments: Chapter 2.1.4—2.3 of Burrough; Chapter 1.1 of IPCC
09/05; Lecture 4: Elements of Climate—The Atmosphere
Reading Assignments: Chapter 3.1—3.4 of Burrough
09/10; Lecture 5: Elements of Climate—The Ocean
Reading Assignments: Chapter 3.1, 3.7, 3.8 of Burrough
09/12; Lecture 6: Elements of Climate—The Biosphere. Quiz #1.
Reading Assignments: Chapter 3.5 of Burrough
09/17; Lecture 7: Review of Radiation and Circulation (Dr. Christy Clark)
09/19; Lecture 8: Review of ENSO related subjects (Dr. Christy Clark)
09/24; Lecture 9: Cancelled
09/26; Evidence of Climate Change
Reading Assignments: Chapter 4.1—4.9 of Burrough
10/01;Lecture 11: Consequence of Climate Change
Reading Assignments: Chapter 5 of Burrough
10/03; Lecture 12: Causes of Climate Change-----Chaos, atmosphere-ocean interaction
Reading Assignments: Chapter 8.1--8.2 of Burrough
10/8; Lecture 13: Causes of Climate Change-----Volcanoes, orbital parameters, and human activities
Reading Assignments: Chapter 8.4, 8.6 of Burrough
10/10; Fall Break
10/15; Lecture 14: Mid-Term Exam
10/22; Lecture 15: Video: Our Ozone Layer--Its Science and Its Protection
Reading Assignments: Chapter 6.1—6.2 of Burrough
10/22; Lecture 16: Measuring Climate Change—Instrumental Observations
Reading Assignments: Chapter 6.1—6.2 of Burrough
Reading Assignments: Chapter 7 of Burrough
Reading Assignments: Chapter 9.1—9.4 of Burrough; Chapter 8.3-8.4 of IPCC; Chapter3 of Balling, p33-38.
11/07; Lecture 21: Modeling the Climate----Validating and Understanding the GCMs.
Reading Assignments: Chapter 8 of IPCC, Chapter 3 of Balling, p38-46.
11/12; Lecture 22: Quiz #2
11/14; Lecture 23: Predicting Climate Change----Predicting ENSO —Climate and Weather Lab at CDC (Dr. Klaus Weickmann )
Reading Assignments: The web page of the Climate Diagnostics Center (www.cdc.noaa.gov).
11/19; Lecture 24: Predicting Climate Change----Predicting Global Warming
Reading Assignments: Chapter 10.2 of Burrough
11/21; Lecture 25: Predicting Climate Change----Consequences of Global Warming. Quiz #3
Reading Assignments: Chapter 10.3 of Burrough; Chapter 9 of IPCC
11/26; Lecture 26: How to deal with the threat of global warming? A better science
Reading Assignments: Chapter 10.5 of Burrough; Chapter 11.9-11.10 of IPCC, Chapter 8 of Balling
11/28: Thanksgiving holiday
12/03; Lecture 27: How to deal with the threat of global warming? A more responsible policy.
Reading Assignments: Chapter 8 of Balling
12/05; Lecture 28: The Gaia Hypothesis. Quiz #3
12/10; Lecture 29: Tutoring--answer questions about Quiz #3 and class material in general
12/12; Lecture 30: Summary
12/13; Final Exam (1:30 pm--4:00 pm)
This is an introductory course for non-science majors. There is no prerequisite for this course. However, ATOC 1050 or an equivalent course will be helpful.
The students are expected to finish the reading assignments before each class. Reading outside the class assignments--some chapters in relevant books or newspaper articles--are encouraged. The class provides the forum for questions and discussions of the points and ideas the students come across in their readings. The instructor will use the beginning part of each class to highlight the main points and ideas covered in the reading assignments.
There will be 3 quizzes and two 1-hour long exams. The two exams are scheduled respectively at the mid-term and the end of the semester. The final grade is based on the quizzes (30%), the mid-term exam (30%) and the final (40%). There are no make ups, no late exams, and no exceptions. If one cannot make the final, he/she needs to drop the class.
After-class questions are encouraged. They are expected to be first directed to the TA, Mr. Jun Jian. The TA will be in touch with the instructor when he needs advice about the answers.