Detailed Course Schedule
 
Date Lecture topic Required reading Assignt. due
  WEEK 1  Chapter 1; Chapter 2 (p.19-25; 30-32)  
M 10/1 Introduction and course overview
Tu 10/2 Synopsis of Chapter 1: Global change
W 10/3 Introduction to systems and feedbacks
Th 10/4 Daisyworld
Fri 10/5 Review Session
  WEEK 2 Chapter 3  
M 10/8 Radiation
Tu 10/9 Planetary energy balance
W 10/10 The greenhouse effect #1
Th 10/11 NO CLASS
Fr 10/12 Review session 
  WEEK 3 Chapter 4  
M 10/15 Vertical mixing in the atmosphere (Convection)
Tu 10/16 Convection (continued)
W 10/17 How moisture affects convection #2
Th 10/18 Poleward transport of heat by atmospheric motions
Fr 10/19 Review session for midterm #1
  WEEK 4 Chapters 5-6  
M 10/22 Midterm #1  
Tu 10/23 Global patterns of temperature and rainfall; Climate zones
W 10/24 Factors that influence temperature and vegetation; The hydrosphere 
Th 10/25 Structure of the oceans; The marine biosphere; Wind driven ocean circulation
Fr 10/26 The thermohaline circulation
  WEEK 5 Chapters 7-8  
M 10/29 The cryosphere
Tu 10/30 Plate tectonics
W 10/31 The carbon cycle
Th 11/1 The carbon cycle (cont.)
Fr 11/2 Review session
  WEEK 6 Chapters 9-11  
M 11/5 Overview of history of Earth; How unique is the Earth?
Tu 11/6 The past 100 million years
W 11/7 Evolution of the atmosphere; rise of oxygen Guest lecture by David Catling
Th 11/8 The past 1 million years
Fr 11/9 Past climates and ice-cores Guest lecture by
Melanie Fitzpatrick
project due
  WEEK 7 Chapter 12  
M 11/12 VETERANS DAY - NO CLASS  
Tu 11/13 "The big chill" BBC documentary  
W 11/14 Milankovitch cycles # 3
Th 11/15 The past 20,000 years
Fr 11/16 The past 2,000 years; Impact of climate on human history  
  WEEK 8  Chapter 13  
M 11/19 Review session for midterm #2  
Tu 11/20 Midterm # 2  
W 11/21 El Niño and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Guest lecture by David Battisti
Th 11/22 THANKSGIVING - NO CLASS
Fr 11/23 THANKSGIVING - NO CLASS
  WEEK 9  Chapter 13; Chapter 14  
M 11/26 Acid Rain; Ozone hole I  
Tu 11/27 Ozone hole II  
W 11/28 Human impact on the carbon cycle Guest Lecture by 
Richard Gammon
Th 11/29 Evidence for global warming  Guest Lecture by 
Richard Gammon
Fr 11/30 Review session # 4
  WEEK 10    
M 12/3 Physics of greenhouse warming
Tu 12/4 Impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest Guest Lecture by
Philip Mote
W 12/5 NOVA Video Part I
Th 12/6 NOVA Video Part II 
Fr 12/7 Student discussion of greenhouse warming opinion pieces  # 5
  WEEK 11    
M 12/10  Global warming policy issues
Tu 12/11  Global warming discussion 
W 12/12  Review session for Final
F 12/14  FINAL EXAM 8:30-10:20 am
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Last Updated:
12/10/2001

Contact the instructor at: jaegle@atmos.washington.edu