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Section
Instructor
Term
Credits
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AOSS 102 — Extreme Weather
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Samson,Perry J; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: NS

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: Penner,Joyce E; homepage

WN 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 172 — Introduction to Global Change: Human Impacts
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Allan,J David; homepage
Instructor: van der Pluijm,Ben A; homepage
Instructor: Hardin,Rebecca D; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: SS

Credit Exclusions: No credit for seniors.

Global environmental change encompasses the rapid, interconnected changes now occurring in the Earth system — its climate, human population, resources, and ecosystems. Global Change II — Human Impacts guides students in learning about our natural world and the role of human activities in shaping and changing the environment.

Global Change II is an interdisciplinary, team-taught and web-supported introduction to the human dimensions of global change. You will study the recent, explosive growth of the human population, our impacts on land, air, and water resources, modern energy and climate policy and pressures on biological diversity, produced by recent human advances in technology and institutions. The course concludes by considering the political and policy considerations relevant to the transition to a more sustainable future.

Global Change II is suitable for all students and assumes no prior background. It can be taken without prior enrollment in Global Change I, its companion course on the physical processes. Homework and laboratories make extensive use of computers to perform spatial analysis, develop quantitative reasoning skills, help students learn to write critically, and promote personal interaction with the faculty. This course is one of three core courses required for the Global Change Minor.

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab/discussion per week. Grades will be based on weekly lab exercises, course participation, a web poster project, midterms, and a final exam.

In Global Change II you will learn, among other topics, about:

Human Population Growth Its History and Social Influences Detection of Global Environmental Change Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Human Impacts on Resources Human Appropriation of the Earth's Energy, Water and Food Resources Energy and Climate Issues Urban and Industrial Environments Deforestation and Desertification Biodiversity Achieving Sustainable Development Economics of Development International Treaties and Government Our Common Future Models of the Future

AOSS 321 — Earth Systems Dynamics
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Jablonowski,Christiane; homepage
Instructor: Lithgow-Bertelloni,Carolina R; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS

Describes the major wind systems and ocean currents that are important to climate studies. The primary equations are developed and simple solutions derived that explain many of these motions. The relations among the dynamics and other parameters in the climate systems are illustrated by examples both paleo and present day systems.

Advisory Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by MATH 215 or 216.

AOSS 467 — Biogeochemical Cycles
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Carroll,Mary Anne; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: BS

Biogeochemical cycles describe how carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and other elements cycle through not only the atmosphere, the oceans, and the landmasses of the earth. This course is useful to students in many fields including engineering, atmospheric science, chemistry, biology, geology, natural resources, and public health. The biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur; the atmosphere and oceans as reservoirs and reaction media; the fate of natural and human-made sources of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur compounds; the interactions among major biogeochemical cycles and resultant global change: greenhouse gases, acid rain, and ozone depletion.

TEXT: Global Environment: Water, Air, and Geochemical Cycles, Berner and Berner, Prentice-Hall, 1996.

Advisory Prerequisite: MATH 116, CHEM 210, and PHYSICS 240 (or 260).

 
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