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In this course, we will explore the ``state of the art'' knowledge about how the circulation may respond to future climate change by objectively evaluating results published in the recent literature. The main content focus will be the large-scale atmospheric response in the very recent literature, however, we will also use the IPCC 5th Assessment Report as a starting point to provide context and additional references. Substantial time will also be spent on how to objectively assess scientific findings in the field.

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CMIP5 multi-model mean changes in annual mean (top) atmospheric temperature and (bottom) zonal wind, defined as the difference relative to 1986-2005. The RCPs denote three different future forcing scenarios (Fig. 12.12 and 12.19 of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report).


Tu Th 9:00-10:15 AM
ATS 101 - large classroom
Ten 75-minute lectures over the semester for a total of 1 credit. The exact dates of the lectures may change and will be discussed on the first day of class.