12.301 Climate Science

Class Info

Introduction to climate studies, including beginnings of the solar system, time scales, and climate in human history; methods for detecting climate change, including proxies, ice cores, instrumental records, and time series analysis; physical and chemical processes in climate, including primordial atmosphere, ozone chemistry, carbon and oxygen cycles, and heat and water budgets; internal feedback mechanisms, including ice, aerosols, water vapor, clouds, and ocean circulation; climate forcing, including orbital variations, volcanism, plate tectonics, and solar variability; climate models and mechanisms of variability, including energy balance, coupled models, and global ocean and atmosphere models; and outstanding problems. Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments.

This class has 3.091, 5.111, and 18.03 as prerequisites.

12.301 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by E. Boyle, D. McGee and K. Emanuel.

Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 54-823.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Fall 2015 Subject Evaluations, 12.301 was rated 6.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the DSpace@MIT: 12.301 / 12.842 Climate Physics and Chemistry, Fall 2006 site or on the 12.301 Stellar site.

MIT 12.301 Climate Science Related Textbooks
MIT 12.301 Climate Science On The Web
DSpace@MIT: 12.301 / 12.842 Climate Physics and Chemistry, Fall 2006
solar variability climate primordial atmospheric climate physics and chemistry edward a. ; emanuel wunsch carl meets

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