Physics of Climate

Romps Group at the University of California, Berkeley

EPS 290, Topics in Atmospheric Dynamics, Spring 2017


This course covers current and classic papers in atmospheric dynamics with an eye towards aiding students involved in graduate-level research projects.

Wednesdays at 9:30
377 McCone Hall


1/11, Seeley leads
  • Tippett et al., More tornadoes in the most extreme U.S. tornado outbreaks, Science, 2016
1/25, Edman leads
  • Stevens et al., Prospects for narrowing bounds on Earth's equilibrium climate sensitivity, Earth's Future, 2016
2/1, Rusen leads
  • Dessler, A determination of the cloud feedback from climate variations over the past decade, Science, 2010
2/8, Edman leads
  • Ingram, A very simple model for the water vapour feedback on climate change, QJRMS, 2010
2/15, with guest Andy Dessler
  • Virtual presentation
2/22, Alex leads
  • Zuidema, The 600-800-mb Minimum in Tropical Cloudiness Observed during TOGA COARE, JAS, 1998
3/1, with guest Sukyoung Lee
  • Lee, A theory for polar amplification from a general circulation perspective, Asia-Pacific JAS, 2014
3/8, with guest Ian Williams
  • Williams and Pierrehumbert, Observational evidence against strongly stabilizing tropical cloud feedbacks, GRL, 2017
3/22, Wolfgang leads
  • Arnold and Randall, Global-scale convective aggregation: Implications for the Madden-Julian Oscillation, JAMES, 2015
4/12, with guest Zhiming Kuang
  • Ma et al., Quantifying the eddy-jet feedback strength of the annular mode in an idealized GCM and reanalysis data, JAS, 2017
4/19, Dana leads
  • Tan et al., Observational constraints on mixed-phase clouds imply higher climate sensitivity, Science, 2016
4/26, Ben leads
  • Morrison, An analytic description of the structure and evolution of growing deep cumulus updrafts, JAS, 2017
5/3, Da leads
  • Wing et al., Convective self-aggregation in numerical simulations: a review, Surveys in Geophysics, 2017
5/10, with guest Toby Ault
  • Ault et al., Relative impacts of mitigation, temperature, and precipitation on 21st-century megadrought risk in the American Southwest, Science Advances, 2016