PHY2502H S SPECIALIZED
Climate System Dynamics
The course will focus upon the dynamics of the climate system and therefore upon the coupled evolution of the atmosphere and oceans including also the inter-linkage of these primary system components to the cryosphere and to land surface processes.
Topics will include:
- Solar forcing and its intrinsic temporal variability as well as it apparent variability due to variations in the Earth's orbit around the Sun.
- Simple energy balance models of the variations of the amplitude and phase of the seasonal cycle due to the distribution of continents and oceans.
- The general circulations of the atmosphere and oceans as represented by modern coupled atmosphere -ocean general circulation models
- The monsoon circulations
- The El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomenon
- The North Atlantic Oscillation/ Arctic Oscillation and the polar "annular modes"
- Ice ages and paleoclimatology including the "snowball" Earth phenomenon of the deep geological past.
Credit will be earned primarily through the development of a term paper that will be presented both orally and in written form at the end of the term.
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