Lectures meet from 1010-1125 AM, Monday and Wednesday in
There will be six homework assignments for the semester. The highest
five homework grades will be used to calculate your overall homework
grade. Note that homework must be your own work always; evidence
to the contrary will result in a zero entered for your entire semster
Textbook and readings
Most of the required readings are available as PDF files accessible direclty from this website.
Also, there are many recommended supplimentary readings available as PDFs, or in the Columbia Library reserve reading archive.
There is one required textbook, David Archer's
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast , by David Archer (2011, 2nd Edition). N.B. Be sure you order the 2nd Edition as the 1st had many errors and omissions!!. If you purchase this book you want to be sure to get the 2011 printing as the original, first printing had quite a few typos. You can also purchase this from Amazon or other online sources.
key texts for the class and for your projects:
Panel on Climate Change, 5th Assessment Report (IPCC-AR5,
Summary for Policymakers (36 pp)
Academy of Sciences, National Research Council: Abrupt Climate
Change - Inevitable Surprises (NAS-NRC, 2003)
Sustainable Energy - without the hot air, by David MacKay
This is an excellent book that considers how a government (in this case the United Kingdom) might adopt a sustainable energy plan for the near future in an objective and easy-to-follow manner. The book, which is freely available on the internet, very succinctly outlines the technologies avaliable, their potential,and their trade-offs. In the end, a very sobering yet realisitc set of scenarios is presented for a 'sustainable' energy plan for one country.
There will be a modest end-of-term project for each student that builds upon the ideas and calculations of Sustainable Energy - without the hot air, by David MacKay.
There will be a total of three exams, one after each of the three modules (ozone depletion, El Nino, and global warming). The final exam is cumulative but largely focuses on global warming content of the last half of the semester.