AOS 19 Environmental Transformation of the Arctic
Fiat Lux Freshman seminar. Winter quarter 2007. Though signs of global climate change can be seen all over the earth, the Arctic and surrounding land areas are currently experiencing particularly dramatic change, including loss of sea ice and snow cover, disappearance of permafrost, and the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. This course will examine the reasons the Arctic is warming so much more rapidly than the rest of the world and the consequences of Arctic change for the northern regions and the global environment. From the looming extinction of polar bears to the redrawing of international political boundaries as land and ice shift, the Arctic is also a prime example of the adaptation of ecosystems and humans to rapid environmental change. Since climate change comparable to what is already occurring in the Arctic is anticipated for the rest of the planet in the coming century, our focus on the Arctic will give a glimpse into the rest of the earth’s future.
AOS 217 Mesoclimates
Lecture/Discussion, 4 units. Spring quarter 2006. Global distribution of climate regimes with spatial scales smaller than 100 km. Mechanisms maintaining mesoclimates against the much larger-scale atmospheric general circulation and insolation gradients. Mesoclimate-ecosystem interaction. Letter grading.
AOS 244 Radiation and Climate
Lecture/Discussion, 4 units. Spring Quarter 2002.
AOS 281 Special Topics in Dynamic Meteorology: Climate Sensitivity
Lecture, 3 units. Fall Quarter 2001.