The earth system

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Content: University of Maryland College Park AOSC 401 "Climate Dynamics and Earth System Science" Spring 2016
Instructor: Office Location: Telephone: Email: Office Hours: Class Days/Time:
Prof. Menglin S. Jin CSS 4337 (240)-441-4048 [email protected] Thursday 1:15-2:00 PM, or on appointment Tue, Thur 2:00 -3:15 PM
· In addition to my regular office hours, I am available by email daily.
· Additional office hour is possible with appointment.
Prerequisite: AOSC 200- Weather and Climate or AOSC 400- Physical Meteorology of the Atmosphere
Faculty Web Page Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. can be found at You are responsible for regularly checking class website (or other communication system as indicated by the instructor). My personal website is at I have put additional teaching video there. Course Description AOSC401 discusses the evolving structures of the Earth System (land, ocean, biosphere, atmosphere components and cryosphere). This course is designed for majors and will cover the background of remote sensing, the current status of sensors and platforms, and the recent satellite-based results on climate change. Scope of the course and description This is an introductory course on the climate and the earth system. The emphasis is on scientific understanding on the principle climate elements and processes, the spatial and
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temporal variability of the Earth's climate and the climate changes. Topics include the global weather and climate system; climate change; earth's radiation budget; clouds and aerosols; energy balance, the hydrologic cycle, and general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans; the natural variability of the atmosphere-ocean-biosphere; carbon cycle and biogeochemistry, atmosphere-ocean coupling and ENSO variability; potential human effects on climate: greenhouse effects, deforestation, nuclear winter.
Studies Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO1 articulate a basic understanding of the theory of Remote Sensing LO2 Understand sensor, orbit, and retrieval terminology LO3 Interpret satellite observations well LO4 Satellite DATA ANALYSIS LO5 Oral presenting and writing skills
Text and Reference Books
Title: The Earth System (3rd Edition) Authors: Lee R. Kump, J. F. Kasting, R.G. Crane Publisher: Prentice-Hull Inc. 2009 ISBN: 0-13-177387
Title: Authors: Publisher:
Atmospheric Science Wallace and Hobbs Academic Press 2006
Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2013: The Scientific Basis, Working Group I Report. Freely downloadable from Other Readings Other materials will be assigned for reading during the class. Classroom Protocol Students must attend class on time. Participate in class activity, and behave respectfully to the instructor and other students. Cell phone use in class room is not allowed.
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Assignments and Grading Policy
course requirements Homework Midterm-1 Midterm -2 Class Project Class Participation Final Exam Total
% of Grade 15 15 15 15 10 30 100
Points 100 100 100 100 100 100 500
Homework About 10 homework assignments will be given during the semester. Homework will be assigned in class and be collected two weeks later. Total homework is worth 15% of final grade.
Late homework will be taken off 10 points/per day.
Start on the project assignments early and come see me if you are stuck. If you start on it early, it is not that hard. Do not wait until the last minute.
Research Project (details will be finalized after the class begins) Students will work as a 2-person-team to discuss a research topic on remote sensing related to climate change. The topic will be decided at the first part of course, with guidance from the professor. A 10-page paper will be required from each research project at the end of the semester (this might change depending on research needs), and a 15minute oral presentation will be given by each student to the class at the last part of semester. Exams: If one exam is missed, then a zero will be given. If you must miss an exam, then see me in advance. The format of the exams will be similar to the homework and will consist mainly of multiple-choice problems or short answer questions. Obviously, cheating on the exam will not be tolerated and will result in a zero being given for that exam. Class Participation: While class participation is graded as 5%, you are expected to be prepared for class and to take active part in the class discussions. Use the class time to get your questions answered on the homework or concepts that you did not understand. a. Grading information: Grading Percentage Breakdown
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93% and above
92% - 90%
89% - 88%
87% - 83%
82% - 80%
79% - 78%
77% - 73%
72% - 70%
69% - 68%
67% - 63%
62% - 60%
below 60%
b. Extra credit options, if available: Some extra credit assignments will be given during the semester. c. Penalty (if any) for late or missed work: Late work will be penalized 10% per day or part of a day late for any project.
University Policies Academic integrity Your commitment as a student to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at University of Maryland College Park. The University's Academic Integrity policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on exams or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person's ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified. Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours.
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Calendar: First Day of Class Mid-Exam 1 Spring Break Mid-Exam 2 Last day of Class Final Exam
January 25 (Tuesday) Feb 25 (Thursday) March 15-20 March 24 (Thursday) May 10 (Tuesday) TBD
Themes covered by the course Theme 1: Course outline and introduction Theme 2: Earth & climate observations Theme 3: Radiation and climate Theme 4: Greenhouse Effect & Carbon Cycle Theme 5: Global warming Theme 6: Cloud and climate Theme 7: Aerosol and climate Theme 8: Atmospheric dynamics & general circulation Theme 9: Land and Climate Theme 10: Oceanic dynamics & circulation Theme 11: Ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate (ENSO, NAO and MJO) Theme 12: Cryosphere and Climate Theme 13: Sea-level Change Theme 14: Climate change frontier ­IPCC
Specific Schedule The lecture schedule indicates the intended scope and timing of materials presented in the course. It is likely that we will deviate from this schedule over the semester.
Class times Topics
Deadlines Assignments
Lecture 1 Overview of this course,
"Getting Acquainted"
class activity
Lecture 2 Earth and Climate
HW1 assign
Lecture 3
Lecture 4 Radiation and climate
HW1 due HW2 assign
Lecture 5
Lecture 6 Greenhouse Effect &
HW2 due HW3 assign
Carbon Cycle
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Lecture 7
Lecture 8 Global Warming
HW3 due
Lecture 9
10 2/25
Lecture 10 Mid-Term1
11 3/1
Lecture 11 Cloud and climate
12 3/3
Lecture 12
13 3/8
Lecture 13 Aerosol and climate
14 3/10
Lecture 14
15 3/15
Lecture 15 Spring Break
16 3/17
Lecture 16 Spring Break
17 3/22
Lecture 17 Atmospheric dynamics &
general circulation
18 3/24
Lecture 18 Mid-term2
19 3/29
Lecture 19 Land and Climate
20 3/30
Lecture 20
21 4/5
Lecture 21 Oceanic dynamics &
22 4/7
Lecture 22
23 4/12
Lecture 23 Ocean-atmosphere
interactions and climate
24 4/14
Lecture 24
25 4/19
Lecture 25 Cryosphere and Climate
26 4/21
Lecture 26
27 4/26
No Class Sea-level Change
28 4/28
Lecture 27 Climate change frontier ­
29 5/3
Lecture 28 Research Project
Presentation, Final
30 5/5
Lecture 29 Research Project
31 5/10
Lecture 30 Final Review
Last Class
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