Clouds and Climate

The Romps Group at the University of California, Berkeley

EPS 24, Weather and Climate, Fall 2013
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Overview

This seminar will give an introduction to Earth's atmosphere, its weather and climate, and the underlying physical processes. Topics will include the basic structure of the atmosphere, the forces that drive the winds, clouds and their role in weather and climate, the formation of rain, weather systems, and climate change. This overview will be at a fairly non-mathematical level: we will use an occasional equation, but no calculus.

Time
W, 4-5
Location
McCone 325
Text
Ahrens
Prerequisites
None
Grading
P/NP based on bi-weekly in-class quizzes
Office hours
By appointment (377 McCone Hall, romps@berkeley.edu)

Syllabus

9/04, Overview of the atmosphere I
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 1
  • Lecture: Slides
9/11, Overview of the atmosphere II
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 1
  • Lecture: Slides
9/18, Energy I
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 2
  • Lecture: Slides
9/25, Energy II
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 2
  • Lecture: Slides
10/02, Temperature I
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 3
  • Lecture: Slides
10/09, Humidity
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 4
  • Lecture: Slides
10/16, Condensation
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 5
  • Lecture: Slides
10/23, Clouds
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 5
  • Lecture: Slides
10/30, Circulation
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 10
  • Lecture: Slides
11/6, Weather
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 11
  • Lecture: Slides
11/13, Hurricanes
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 15
  • Lecture: Slides
11/20, Climate Change I
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 16
  • Lecture: Slides
12/04, Climate Change II
  • Reading: Ahrens, chapter 16
  • Lecture: Slides

Quizzes

  1. In class, Sep 18
  2. In class, Oct 09
  3. In class, Oct 23
  4. In class, Nov 06
  5. In class, Dec 04
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