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Hours to complete

Approx. 30 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Time-Dependent Energy Balance Model

This class is intended to complement a Coursera class called Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change, which presents much of the background to the material here. In this class you'll be using spreadsheets (maybe) and Python (definitely) to do some simple numerical calculations on topics in Earth System Science. The model you'll be working on this week is based on material from Unit 3 of that class, called First Climate Model. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 7 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
How the Model Works3m
Reading6 readings
Scripting and Spreadsheets10m
Tips for Using Spreadsheets for Numerical Simulation10m
Tips for Getting Started Coding10m
Model Formulation10m
How to Solve Using a Spreadsheet10m
How to Encode into Python or Fortran10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Code Tricks: Heat Capacity, Time Steps, and Equilibration Time8m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Iterative Runaway Ice-Albedo Feedback Model

The ideas behind this model were explained in Unit 7, Feedbacks, in Part I of this class. First we get to generate simple linear "parameterization" functions of planetary albedo and the latitude to which ice forms (colder = lower latitude ice). Second, for any given value of the solar constant, L, we'll use iteration to find consistent values of albedo and T, to show the effect of the ice albedo feedback on Earth's temperature, running away to fall into the dreaded "snowball Earth". ...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video1 video
Reading3 readings
Parameterized Relationship Between T, Ice Latitude, and Albedo10m
Spreadsheet Instructions10m
Coding Instructions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Code Trick: Hysteresis Into and Out Of the Snowball4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Ice Sheet Dynamics

Ice flows like extra-thick molasses, downhill. The shape of the ice sheet (altitude versus distance across) is determined by the relationship between ice surface slope and the flow rate of the ice. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video1 video
Reading3 readings
Model Formulation10m
Spreadsheet Tips10m
Coding10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Code Tricks: Time Steps, Snowfall, and Elevation10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
11 hours to complete

Pressure, Rotation, and Fluid Flow

Planetary rotation and fluid flow were explained in Part I of this class, Unit 6, on Weather and Climate. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 7 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
Video1 video
Reading1 reading
Model Description10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Code Trick: Geostrophic Flow and a Drifting Rossby Wave4m
Code Trick: Gyre Circulation with Westward Intensification6m
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Top Reviews

By ISFeb 16th 2017

I would love some more excercises, more modeling concepts. A great experience after all!

By SKJan 18th 2018

A challenging course that gives a basic insight to the world of climate modelling

Instructor

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David Archer

Professor
Geophysical Sciences

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