QuikClimate: Physical Climate Course (Winter 2008)

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Climate Change: Winter 2008


Basic Course Information

This course will be student-driven, faculty guided. Students will be expected to develop and deliver two lectures. This will give us 12 lectures, after the break. The lectures should be, approximately, 1 hour in length, and we should have an hour of discussion. So we should look at finding a 2 hour slot.

The first lecture(s) should be drawn from the Foundation Readings. The concentration should be on the conservation equation for water in the atmosphere, identification of source and sink terms (exchanges across interfaces), the role of water in the energy balance of the climate. The foundational lectures should include, specifically, the Betts' paper, which is an excellent analysis of the integrated land-surface / atmosphere interaction, and the use of model information in analysis.


Other papers to be lectured on are


Hartman: tropical Convection and Energy Balance


Arakawa: Review of Cumulus Parameterization

Boville: Precipitation in Community Climate System Model


Held: Hydrological cycle response in climate change

Stephens: Cloud feedback in climate change

Water in the Atmosphere

Foundation Reading

Hartmann: Chapter 5: Hydrological Cycle

Piexoto and Oort: Chapter 12: Hydrological Cycle

Pierrehumbert: Relative Humidity in the Atmosphere

Betts: Understanding Hydrometeorology with models and assimilation

Bony: Understanding climate feedback processes


Observations and Theory

Reading List

Betts: Understanding Hydrometeorology with models and assimilation

Hartman: tropical Convection and Energy Balance



Modeling

Reading List

Arakawa: Review of Cumulus Parameterization

Boville: Precipitation in Community Climate System Model


Current Issues

Reading List

Held: Hydrological cycle response in climate change

Stephens: Cloud feedback in climate change



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