Climate has a long-lasting impact on our lives, including how we live, the energy we use, what we eat, and our overall cultural values. The Earth climate system is made up of mul1ple complex interac1ons across mul1ple mediums.
Understanding Earth’s energy balance and how it is altered is a major component of this class.
Teaching Assistant Daniel Tripp Daniel.Trippfirstname.lastname@example.org
Overall, this course will help upper-level meteorology and science majors. This course will present a qualitative and quantitative presentation of various radiation and climate processes and their impact on the environment. Topics covered will include the global and land-surface energy balance, the hydrologic cycle, ocean dynamics, climate feedbacks, modes of climate variability, and climate change.
students gain a scien;ﬁc understanding of the climate of Earth, its physical aspects, and understand why climate is changing. Thus, the student will be prepared to engage intelligently in discussion of climate and climate change. Applica;ons of this knowledge to other aspects of meteorology (e.g., sub-seasonal forecas;ng, future climate change projec;ons) will also be discussed.
METR 3123 and 3233 [C or beVer] and MATH 2934 or equivalent [i.e., you have to have a working knowledge of calculus for this course].
Global Physical Climatology. 2nd Edi;on. Dennis L. Hartmann. [Available at the bookstore or online.]
Course Web Page
The web page will be accessible via https://canvas.ou.edu (log on using your OU 4+4). There you will ﬁnd course materials, assignments, grades, and news and announcements about the course.
Homework Assignments. Assignments will be given roughly every 1.5-2 weeks. Homework assignments will be quantitative and qualitative, including some assignments involving reading and summarizing / critiquing journal articles. Some homework questions will also include a programming component, where students will have to design and/or work with existing code to complete a task. The language of choice for this course will be Python. All students should have a working knowledge of Python from earlier METR courses and will have access to Python via SoM Computer Lab computers to complete the assignments. However, you are free to use other programming languages with which you are familiar. Note: The professor nor the TA are not responsible for debugging code, especially code in other programming languages.
Please show all of your work on your assignments for full credit. Final answers should have the proper units and be boxed (when appropriate). Explanations should be in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation. If requested, well-commented and neat code are expected when turning in a programming assignment. While I encourage students to work together on assignments. each student must turn in their own original assignment for a grade.
Midterm & Final Exams: These exams will cover material from roughly each half of the semester. The format will feature multiple choice, quantitative problems, and short answer-style questions. The ﬁnal exam is not comprehensive per se. However, as with many sciences, concepts “build upon” each other, so you will be required to have some knowledge of earlier concepts.
In-Class Worksheets. Collaborative learning is an excellent way to learn and understand concepts. Occasionally, we will work on problems and ques;ons in small groups (~2-3 students) during class and then collectively discuss the answers. These in-class assignments will be collected and graded, so please come to class and participate actively.
The overall structure of the class will consist of traditional lectures covering the major topics. Ques;ons and interactions during class are welcome and highly encouraged. If you don’t ask questions when things are unclear, then neither of us beneﬁt from classroom lecture. Occasionally, we will have group discussion or “think-pair-share” ques;ons during lecture to reinforce concepts and have you critically think about the material. These types of interactions also foster collaborative learning, which is important in the sciences. While certain interactions are graded (i.e., in-class worksheets), others will not necessarily be graded. However, your active participation will contribute positively to your performance in the class.
Reasonable Accommoda1on Policy
The University of Oklahoma is commited to providing reasonable accommodation for all students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who require accommodation in this course are requested to speak with me as soon as possible. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Disability Resource Center prior to receiving accommodations in this course. The Disability Resource Center is located in University Community Center (730 College Ave). Phone: 405.325.3852. E-mail: email@example.com
Chea;ng is strictly prohibited at the University of Oklahoma. Simply put, it devalues your degree and ends up marring your character and reputa;on. For speciﬁc deﬁni;ons on what cons;tutes chea;ng, review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at hVp://integrity.ou.edu/students.html. If you are caught chea;ng, I am obligated to report it. Sanc;ons for academic misconduct can include expulsion from the University and an F in this course. BOTTOM LINE: Don’t cheat – it’s not worth it.
To be successful in this class, all work must be yours and yours alone. You may work together on homework assignments and in-class group exercises, but you must submit your own original work for grading. All exams are closed book, and you may only use a calculator as an aid on the exam.
It is the policy of the University is to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examina;ons and addi;onal required classwork that may fall on religious holidays. Any student who has a religious holiday fall on one of the exam days, please see me no later than one week before the exam so as to make other arrangements.
Title IX Resources and Repor1ng Requirement
For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimina;on, sexual harassment, sexual assault, da;ng/ domes;c violence, or stalking, the University oﬀers a variety of resources. To learn more or to report an incident, please contact the Sexual Misconduct Oﬃce at 405.325.2215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Incidents can also be reported conﬁden;ally to OU Advocates (405.615.0013) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be advised that a professor/GA/TA is required to report instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or discrimina;on to the Sexual Misconduct Oﬃce. Inquiries regarding non-discrimina;on policies may be directed to: Bobby J. Mason, University Equal Opportunity Oﬃcer and Title IX Coordinator at 405.325.3546 or email@example.com. For more informa;on, please visit hVp://www.ou.edu/eoo.html.
Adjustments for Pregnancy/Childbirth Related Issues
Should you need modiﬁca;ons or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact me or the Disability Resource Center at 405.325.3852 as soon as possible. Also, see hVp://www.ou.edu/eoo/faqs/pregnancy-faqs.html for answers to commonly asked ques;ons.
Class Schedule (Subject to Change)
|1||Aug 21, 23, 25||Course Expecta;ons / Introduc;on and Thermodynamics Review||Chapter 1|
|2||Aug. 28, 30,
|Global Energy Balance||Chapters 2 & 3|
|3||Sept 6, 8||Global Energy Balance / Radia;ve Transfer
LABOR DAY – SEPT 4 – NO CLASS
|Chapters 2 & 3|
|4||Sept 11, 13, 15||Radia;ve Transfer / Radia;on Equilibrium Models||Chapter 3|
|5||Sept 18, 20, 22||Surface Energy Balance / Boundary Layer||Chapter 4|
|6||Sept 25, 27, 29||Geographic Varia;ons in Radia;on / Hydrologic Cycle||Chapters 4 & 5|
|7||Oct 2, 4, 6||Hydrologic Cycle /
|8||Oct 9, 11||Evapora;on / Water Balance
FALL DAY – OCT 13 – NO CLASS
|9||Oct 16, 18, 20||Atmospheric Mo;ons & Fluxes
|Chapters 6.1 – 6.4|
|10||Oct 23, 25, 27||General Circula;on of the Ocean||Chapter 7|
Nov 1, 3
|Ocean Dynamics / Modes of Climate Variability||Chapters 6.5, 7, &
|12||Nov 6, 8, 10||Modes of Climate Variability||Chapter 8 / Select Readings|
|13||Nov 13, 15, 17||Climate Change / Feedbacks||Chapter 10|
|14||Nov 20||Climate Change / Natural
THANKSGIVING – NOV 22, 24 – NO CLASS
|15||Nov 27, 29
|Climate Change / Natural + Anthropogenic||Chapters 12 + 13|
|16||Dec 4, 6, 8||Overview of Climate Models||Select Readings|
FINAL EXAM: TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM NWC Rm. 5600
Note: Dates in bold and italic are dates that Professor Furtado will be out of town. TA Daniel Tripp will be teaching classes those days.