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ESE 101. Earth’s Atmosphere. 9 units (3-0-6); first term. Composition of the atmosphere. Radiative transfer and the greenhouse effect. Scattering and absorption by gases, clouds, and aerosols. Feedbacks due to water vapor, clouds, ice, and vegetation. Transports of energy and momentum and their effects on the surface climate. Chemical reactions in the atmosphere affecting atmospheric ozone and air quality. Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:30, 162 South Mudd

Instructor: Andy Ingersoll (, 150A South Mudd, ext. 6167)

T.A.: Cheng Li ( Weekly review TBD

Textbook: Dennis L. Hartmann's Global Physical Climatology (Academic Press, 1994).

Homework: Due at the beginning of class on Thursdays, starting October 10. You may talk with whomever you want,

but you must write up the solutions by yourself. Some of the homework will encourage you to use mathematical

software like Mathematica, Matlab, IDL/ENVI, Maple, or whatever programming language you prefer. I encourage

you to learn the software, but if you must rely on classmates, that’s OK.

Exams: There will be two 15-minute oral exams - mid-term and final - based on material in the book. Oral exams

emphasize qualitative understanding of the big issues, in contrast to written exams and homework, which are more

quantitative and focused.

Grading will be 30% MT, 30% final, 30% homework, and 10% attendance/class participation, but I would like to see

effort on all parts of the course.

Week ofHwkReadingTopics (mostly from Hartmann)

due(chapter no.)

Oct 1----1, 2Climate system, global energy balance

Oct 8#13, App. CRadiative transfer, greenhouse effect

Oct 15#23, (9)Anthropogenic forcing, feedback

Oct 22#34Planetary boundary layer, surface exchange

Oct 29MT exam5, App. BLatent heat, moist convection

Nov 5#46Rotation, equations of motion, transports

Nov 12#56, 10Atmospheric general circulation

Nov 19#611,12Numerical modeling, climate prediction

Nov 26#7variousOzone, chemical tracers of the motion

Dec 3#87, 8Oceans and climate, paleoclimate

Dec 11-13---Final exam

Chapters 1-3 from “Global Physical Climatology”

by Dennis L. Hartmann (Academic Press, 1994)

Some figures from “Planetary Sciences”

by Imke de Pater and Jack Lissauer

(Cambridge University Press, 2010)



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