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Special Topics in Atmospheric Physics I

Official description

The Arctic has seen dramatic changes over the past several decades, most notably in the retreat of its sea ice cover.  In addition, there exist a number of positive feedback mechanisms that are the result of the tight coupling between the atmosphere, the land surface and ocean in the region that suggest that anthropogenic climate change will be amplified at high northern latitudes.  There is also increasing evidence that changes in the Arctic climate have a dramatic impact on the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

This course will provide students with an overview of the Arctic’s current and past physical characteristics and climatic features.  Following this introduction, a detailed investigation of the atmospheric heat, moisture and energy budgets will be undertaken with an emphasis on the role that dynamical systems play in these budgets as well as in the interactions between the ocean, land surface, atmosphere and sea ice cover.   With this foundation, the results of global climate models will be used to discuss the future predicted climate state of the region. Satellite remote sensing data, field project data, reanalysis fields and climate model output will be used throughout the course to illustrate key physical processes.

                            ['“The Arctic Climate System” by Mark C. Serreze, Roger G. Barry, Cambridge University Press']
course title
specialized course
time and location
Time: R 1-3

Delivery Methods

In Person

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* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.