12.301 Climate Science
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.
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.
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