Physics 20054

Spring Semester 2015
T R - 9:30A - 10:45A
Nieuwland Science Hall 123

The Physics of Climate

Professor Michael Wiescher
Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame






  Office: 181 Nieuwland Science Hall

  Phone: 574 631 6788

  e-mail: Wiescher.1@nd.edu

  Office Hours:
  Mackenzie Warren: NSH 341
          Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm;
          Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm
  Bryce Frentz: NSH 124
          Wednesday 1:30pm-2:30pm
  Michael Wiescher: NSH 181
          Wed. 5:30pm-7:00pm & anytime


  - Class Syllabus
  - Class Schedule
 
  Quiz & Questions:
  Homework & Solutions:
  Class Projects:

Course Outline:
  1. Solar radiaton and the earth's energy budget
  2. Radiative and convective energy transfer
  3. Atmosphere and climate
  4. Clouds and aerosols
  5. Ocean and climate
  6. Greenhouse effect
  7. Ozone layer
  8. History of the earth climate
  9. Climate observations
  10. Climate models
  11. Climate change
  12. Consequences of climate change


Class Notes:

      Date

              Topic

  January 13

  Overview & Introduction

  January 15

  Class Projects & Assignments

  January 20

  Solar Energy

  January 22

  Solar Energy Transport & Luminosity

  January 27

  Absorption in Solar Atmosphere

  January 29

  Absorption by Molecular Excitation

  February 3

  Earth energy budget and balance

  February 5

  Earth energy budget and balance II

  February 10

  Atmosphere and Climate

  February 12

  Troposphere

  February 17

  Thermosphere

  February 19

  Clouds and Aerosols

  February 24

  Humidity parameters

  February 26

  Cloud formation by condensation

  March 3

  CO2 balance and composition

  March 5

 

  Spring Break

  March 17

  Ocean and Climate I

  March 19

  Ocean and Climate II

  March 24

  Ocean currents I

  March 26

  Ocean currents II

  March 31

 

  April 2

 

  April 7

 

  April 9

 

  April 14

 

  April 16

 

  April 21

 

  April 23

 

  April 28

 




March 25, 2015
Department of Physics | University of Notre Dame