GEOGG130 Climate Dynamics
CORE GEOGG130 - Climate Dynamics
Term 1 (2013)
Staff: Chris Brierley
To introduce the students to the physical basis of climate change.
The module will cover:
- The global energy budget.
- Mechanisms of poleward heat transport.
- Fundamental interactions between atmosphere and ocean.
- The major modes of climate variability
- The role of atmospheric greenhouse gases.
- The effects of increased greenhouse emissions due to human activity.
- The changes in both regional and global climate due to other human activities.
- Discussions of “hot topics” in climate change: extreme events; the reliability and communication of climate science; national and global policies to limit emissions and geoengineering; the creation of observed climate fields.
A written report on an independent analysis of climate data (70%) and a 1000 word essay (30%)
The module is based on lectures, class discussion and computer practicals.
At the end of the module, students should:
- be able to describe the broad features of the Earth’s climate.
- have an appreciation for the complexity of feedbacks between the different elements of the climate system.
- have an understanding of the different forcing factors that influence climate over a range of time-scales.
- have an appreciation of the complexity of modelling future climate change.
- have an awareness of the difficulties in predicting future impacts of climate change.
- be able to investigate climate relationships from original data sources.