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AOSS 102 — Extreme Weather
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Ridley,Aaron James

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: NS

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AOSS 202.

This course provides an introduction to the physics of extreme weather events. The course uses weather disasters and threats to illustrate the physical laws governing the atmosphere.

We examine solar eruptions, ice ages, climate change, monsoons, El Niño, hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, tornados, and other extreme atmospheric events to illustrate the basic physical laws that produce these events. Participants are expected to apply these principles to a series of homework assignments including hands-on weather forecasting and analysis of storm events.

Required resources for this course include:

  1. An on-line subscription to XamPREP: Essentials of Meteorology by C. Donald Ahrens with
  2. (Optionally) A hard-copy version of Essentials of Meteorology by C. Donald Ahrens (it's redundant but some really prefer to also have the traditional paper copy), and
  3. A copy of Extreme Weather by Chris Burt.

AOSS 105 — Our Changing Atmosphere
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Keeler,Gerald J

FA 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS, NS

This course considers the science needed to understand human-induced threats to the atmospheric environment, with special emphasis on the global changes that are taking place, or are anticipated. We will discuss the greenhouse effect (and its impact on climate), ozone depletion, the polar ozone holes, and urban air pollution. Some basic meteorology will be presented, including how climate changes might affect the frequency and severity of hurricanes and tornadoes. Students will have access to real-time weather information via computer. This lecture course is intended for non-science concentrators, and there are no prerequisites. Grades will be based on three one-hour exams (no final exam) and homework.

AOSS 171 — Introduction of Global Change: Physical Processes
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: van der Pluijm,Ben A; homepage
Instructor: Allan,J David; homepage
Instructor: Kling II,George W; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: NS

Credit Exclusions: Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology.


Every day, millions of human and natural activities are altering the planet on which we live. Over the past century, through our ever-increasing population and mastery of technology, we have been changing the global environment at a pace unknown to natural history.

The University of Michigan Global Change Program offers an interdisciplinary, introductory course sequence which investigates the causes and potential impacts of these changes using a combination of traditional lecture-based and modern web-based teaching methodologies. The Fall Academic Term course deals with issues relating to the physical, chemical, and biological cycles contributing to Global Change. Students apply learned knowledge by using spreadsheet and systems modeling software to investigate the dynamics of natural systems.

The Web-based course curriculum provides unparalleled opportunities to conduct on-line Internet research. In fact, you will create your own web-based poster on a topic of your choosing. The interactive laboratory exercises provide you the opportunity to use computers to examine how natural systems function as well as develop projections of the future consequences of changes in the environment. And, perhaps most important of all, you will have ample time for discussion of the critical issues in human development and how they relate to the international business community, global economics, society as a whole and the individual. All topics are developed in a manner that students will find both accessible and enjoyable. The course grade is based on two midterm exams, a final exam, completion of laboratory modules, and a course project based on some aspect of global change. There are no prerequisites for the course and no science background is assumed. The course is appropriate for all undergraduate students, irrespective of intended concentration, and is the first of a series of courses that can be taken as part of the Global Change Minor.

You will discuss...

  • Current and Projected Global Change

  • The Role of the Individual as a Citizen of the Planet

  • Case Studies of Regional and Global Change Issues

You will create...

  • Models of Interacting Systems that Give Insight into the Collision Between Natural and Societal Processes

  • A Web-based Poster on a Related Topic of Your Choice

Topics that are covered ......

The Universe:

  • Big Bang Theory

  • Birth and Death of Stars

  • Radiation Laws

  • Origin of the Elements

  • Planetary Energy Budget

Our Planet:

  • The Age of the Earth

  • Primitive Atmospheres

  • Natural Hazards

  • Plate Tectonics

  • Chemical & Biological Evolution

  • The Building Blocks for Life

Earth's Atmospheric & Oceanic Evolution:

  • Life Processes and Earth Systems

  • The Great Ice Ages

  • Atmospheric Circulation and Weather

  • Climate and Paleoclimate

  • Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming

  • Sea Level Change

  • El Niño

The Tree of Life:

  • Emergence of Complex Life

  • Extinction and Radiation

  • The Five Kingdoms

  • Natural Selection

  • Respiration and Photosynthesis

  • Ecosystems

Projected Ecological Consequences:

  • Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels

  • Environmental Pollutants

  • Ozone Depletion

  • Likelihood of Global Climatic Change

AOSS 320 — Earth Systems Evolution
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Steiner,Allison L
Instructor: Ruff,Larry John; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS

This is a core course in the new Earth System Science Program that is being developed jointly by AOSS and Geological Sciences. The program is designed to provide an education in earth system science that is both broad an deep, so that students in this program will be well prepared for graduate school.

Course Description: Introduction to the physics and chemistry of Earth. Gravitational energy, radiative energy, Earth's energy budget, and Earth tectonics are discussed along with chemical evolution and biogeochemical cycles. The connections among the carbon cycle, silicate weathering, and the natural greenhouse effect are discussed. Required for AOSS/GEOSCI 321, which introduces Earth system dynamics.

Prerequisites: CHEM 126 (General and Inorganic Chemistry) and MATH 216 (Introduction to Differential Equations). Generally, students should be conversant with basic chemistry concepts, simple chemical calculations, and elementary differential and integral calculus.

Required text: Lee R. Kump. James F. Kasting, and Robert G. Crane, The Earth System, 2nd Ed. (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2004). ISBN 0-13-142059-3.

Required Software: Vensim PLE (free ) systems simulation software can be down-loaded from the Ventana Inc. site: http://www.vensim.com/software.html.

Advisory Prerequisite: MATH 116

AOSS 410 — Earth System Modeling
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Poulsen,Christopher James
Instructor: Penner,Joyce E; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS

Introduction to Earth System Modeling; discussion of energy balance models, carbon cycle models, and atmospheric chemistry models with multiple time scales; methods for numerical solution and practice building and analyzing results from models.

Advisory Prerequisite: GEOSCI 320 and 321; or AOSS 320 and 321

AOSS 567 — Chemical Kinetics
Section 100, LEC

Instructor: Goodson III,Theodore G; homepage

FA 2007
Credits: 3

Chemical Kinetics is the study of the rates and mechanisms of systems undergoing chemical change. The extraction of rate data from reacting systems and the utilization of such data in other reacting systems is central to chemistry in the laboratory and in the practical worlds of combustion science, atmospheric science, and chemical synthesis. This course introduces the treatment of complex chemical systems and fundamental ideas about chemical reaction rates in gases and in solutions. Computer software is utilized to treat complex reaction systems.

TEXTS: Chemical Kinetics & Dynamics, 2nd Edition, Steinfeld, Francisco & Hase, Prentice Hall, ISBN#137371233
Student Solutions Manual, Prentice Hall, ISBN#130806056

Advisory Prerequisite: CHEM 461 or AOSS 479 or permission of instructor.

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