Course Syllabus

ATMS 211 Climate and Climate Change

Spring 2019

 

 

Professor Thornton

TA Claire Buysse

Office:

508 ATG Building

402 ATG Building**

Email:

joelt@uw.edu 

cebuysse@uw.edu

Please see us for questions or concerns about the course. Conceptual issues are best handled in person, after lecture, during office hours (TBD) or by special appointment.

 

Professor Thornton's Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM and Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM in 508 ATG building

Claire's Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 9:20 - 11:20 AM in 402 ATG building

Grading

Assignments are due at the start of class or the first section, no late assignments will be accepted without prior permission. The same goes for exams. There will not be makeup exams for those that are missed without prior permission.

            4 Short (~20-30 min) Exams + In-class Polls*: 65%

            1 Comprehensive Final Exam: 20%

            Homework Assignments: 15%

*In-class Poll Everywhere questions will be asked throughout the quarter, on average about 2 or 3 per lecture. Your responses will be recorded. You will receive 1 point for an incorrect answer, and 2 points for a correct answer. Poll answers from half the quarter will be equivalent weight to 1 exam. Thus, in total Poll answers will carry the same weight as 2 exams. We will drop your lowest 2 scores in this category (exams + In-class Polls).

No make-up polls will be given under any circumstance. If you have technical problems during the lecture with Poll Everywhere devices/connections, we will accept handwritten answers immediately at the end of class, but not after class.  

We (professor and TA) assume that you will abide by an honorable code of academic conduct, guidelines for which can be found in the student handbook (WAC 478-120-020 [2]) available online via the Faculty Resource on Grading. If we suspect you of having plagiarized material for homework or research projects, cheated on an exam, or otherwise inappropriately misrepresented work as your own (including in-class Poll Everywhere questions), we will give you the option of taking a zero grade on that assignment or exam, doing a similar assignment or exam again, or referring the case to the Dean’s office.

 

 Required Course Materials

 1. Textbook

The Earth System 3rd Edition (2010): by Kump, Kasting, and Crane, Prentice Hall

We will meander through the text, so pay attention to assigned readings and come to class!

Available at UW Bookstore. If you have trouble purchasing it please see me.

 Course Outline (subject to change)

Topic Assignments Resources Discussion Section Materials
Week 1  Earth system change concepts

Reading Assignment 1

Homework Assignment 1

S19_wk1_visuals_lecture1.pdf
S19_wk1_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk1_visuals_lecture3.pdf
S19_wk1_visuals_lecture4.pdf

ppt_wk1.pptx
Geography_review.pdf

Week 2 Energy and Blackbody Radiation Laws

Chapter 2: Reading Assignment 2

Chapter 3, part 1: Reading assignment 3

Homework Assignment 2

 S19_wk2_visuals_Lecture1.pdf
 S19_wk2_visuals_Lecture2.pdf
 S19_wk2_visuals_lecture3.pdf
 S19_wk2_visuals_lecture4.pdf

 

ppt_wk2.pptx

wk2_AA_1.JPG wk2_AA_2.JPG
wk2_AB_1.JPG wk2_AB_2.JPG
wk2_AC_1.JPG wk2_AC_2.JPG
wk2_AD_1.JPG wk2_AD_2.JPG

 

 

 

 

Week 3

The Greenhouse Effect and the Atmosphere

 Chapter 3, part 2: Reading Assignment 4

Homework Assignment 3

S19_wk3_visuals_Lecture1.pdf
S19_wk3_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk3_visuals_lecture3.pdf
S19_wk3_visuals_lecture4.pdf

ppt_wk3.pptx

 

 

Exam 1 (open 4 pm Friday, April 19 to 11:30 am Monday, April 22)

 

 

 

Week 4

Atmospheric Circulation

 Chapter 4, part 1 and 3: Reading Assignment 5

Homework Assignment 4

S19_wk4_visuals_lecture1.pdf
demo_wk4_day2.pdf
S19_wk4_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk4_visuals_lecture3.pdf

ppt_wk4.pptx

 

 

 

Week 5

Atmosphere-Ocean Couplings 

 Chapter 4, part 2: Reading Assignment 6

Chapter 5

S19_wk5_visuals_lecture1.pdf
S19_wk5_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk5_visuals_lecture3.pdf
S19_wk5_visuals_lecture4.pdf

ppt_wk5.pptx

 

Exam 2 (open 4 pm Friday, May 3 to 12:30 pm Monday, May 6)

 

 

 

 

Week 6

Ocean Circulation, El Nino, Natural Climate Variability

 

No class on Monday, May 6
S19_wk6_visuals_lecture1.pptx
S19_wk6_visuals_lecture2.pptx
S19_wk6_visuals_lecture4.pdf

ppt_wk6.pptx

 

 

 

 

Week 7

CO2 Comings and Goings: the global carbon cycle, short and long

 Chapter 8

S19_wk7_visuals_lecture1.pdf
S19_wk7_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk7_visuals_lecture3.pdf
S19_wk7_visuals_lecture4.pdf

ppt_wk7.pptx
ocn_acidification.pptx

 

Exam 3 (open 4 pm Friday, May 17 to 11:30 am Monday, May 20)

 

Week 8

Natural Climate Variations of the Past

 Chapter 12 and 14

S19_wk8_visuals_lecture1.pdf
S19_wk8_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk8_visuals_lecture3.pdf
S19_wk8_visuals_lecture4.pdf

ppt_wk8.pptx

UNFCCC Negotiations Simulator: https://croadsworldclimate.climateinteractive.org/

 

 

 

 

Week 9

Unnatural Changes: Global Warming 

 Chapter 15 - 17

S19_wk9_visuals_lecture1.pdf
S19_wk9_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk9_visuals_lecture3.pdf

SaintKittsandNevis.mp4
Carbon Footprint Calculator link
Kaya Identity Model link
ppt_wk9.pptx

 

Exam 4 (open 2 pm Friday, May 31 to 9 am Monday, June 3)

 

 

 

Week 10

Global Warming: Impacts, Mitigation Plans and Ploys

 Chapter 15-17

S19_wk10_visuals_lecture1.pdf
S19_wk10_visuals_lecture2.pdf
S19_wk10_visuals_lecture3.pdf
S19_wk10_visuals_lecture4.pdf

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