Earth’s climate has changed dramatically over its history moving between completely ice-free intervals to periods of global glaciation. This course will examine how and why these changes occurred by identifying the major components of the Earth’s climate system and exploring the factors and processes that influence the system over a variety of timescales. Using the major lessons learned from Earth’s history, we will consider the climatological impact of human activity and examine current ideas about Earth’s climatic future.
Instructor: Professor Lawrence
Contact hours: 3 lecture, 3 lab