Physics 20054

Spring Semester 2011

The Physics of Climate

Professor Michael Wiescher
Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame






  Place:

  Time:

  Office Hours:

  Prof. Wiescher - Tue. 2:00-3:00 pm
                            Thu. 4:00-5:00 pm
  TA:  Alex Long - Mon. 1:30-2:30 pm
                            Wed. 1:30-2:30 pm


  Class Syllabus
  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 and climate engineering
  12. Consequences of climate change
  Class Projects:
  Homework & Solutions:


Preliminary Class Schedule:

      Date

              Topic

  January 18

  Overview & Introduction

  January 20

  Class Assignments

  January 25

  Earth Energy Budget (1)

  January 27

  Earth Energy Budget (2)

  February 1

  Absorption in Solar Atmosphere

  February 3

  Absorption in the Atmosphere

  February 8

  Earth Energy Budget and Balance (1)

  February 10

  Earth Energy Budget and Balance (2)

  February 15

  Atmosphere and Climate I

  February 17

  Atmosphere and Climate II

  February 22

  Clouds and Aerosols I

  February 24

  Clouds and Aerosols II

  March 1

  Clouds and Aerosols III

  March 3

  Ocean and Climate I

  March 8

  Ocean and Climate II

  March 10

  Ocean Currents I

  Mid Term Exam || Solutions

  March 15

  Spring Break

  March 17

  March 22

  Canceled

  March 24

  Ocean Currents II

  March 29

  Ocean Fluctuations

  March 31

  Climate Measurements 1

  April 5

  Climate Measurements II

  April 7

  Climate Measurements III

  April 12

  Paleoclimate I

  April 14

  Paleoclimate II

  April 19

  Greenhouse Effect and Atmospheric Chemistry

  April 21

  Climate Engineering

  April 26

  Class Projects I

  April 28

  Class Projects II

  May 3

  Class Projects III




January 2011
Department of Physics | University of Notre Dame