Spring Semester 2014 (class number: 8494)

Instructor: Prof. Brian Rose
Office: ES 315
Email: brose -at- albany.edu
Phone: (518) 442-4477
Office hours: Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm

Meeting time: Tuesday, Thursday 10:15 – 11:35 AM
Meeting place: ES 328

Teaching Assistant: Nicholas Schiraldi
Office: ES 330
Email: nschiraldi -at- albany.edu
Office hours:

Course description:
This is a hands-on course in climate modeling, in which students will gain an appreciation for what climate models are, what their limitations are, and how they can be used to study natural phenomena. Topics include the physical laws governing climate and climate change, the hierarchy of model complexity, parameterization versus simulation, using models for prediction versus understanding, application of simple climate models to past and future climates on Earth (including radically different climates of the past such as Snowball Earth), accessing and analyzing results from IPCC models. Students will gain significant computer experience making calculations, analyzing results, and interpreting their significance.

Prerequisites: A MAT 113 or A MAT 119, A ATM 210, A ATM/ENV 315*
* This requirement may be waived for students with prior computer programming experience

Homework policy:
Assignments are due by 5 pm on the stated due date, either by email or in person.
Assignments will be accepted
up to 5 pm the following day with a late penalty.
Further extension will only be possible under special circumstances, to be discussed in advance.


Collected Python code and examples used in Spring 2014