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 instructed by K. Emanuel and E. Boyle.

Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 54-824.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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