Course Offerings

SPRING COURSES

Climate and Weather: Order in the Chaos
Subject associations
ENV 354 / GEO 368

This course focuses on the relationship between climate and weather events: each weather event is unique and not predictable more than a few days in advance, large-scale factors constrain the statistics of weather events, those statistics are climate. Various climatic aspects will be explored, such as the geographic constraints, energy and water cycling, and oceanic and atmospheric circulation, solar heating, the El Niño phenomenon, ice ages, and greenhouse gases. These climate features will be used to interpret the statistics of a number of weather events, including heat waves, tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) and floods.

Instructors
Gabriel A. Vecchi
Undergraduate Course
Spring 2021
Responsible Conduct of Research in Geosciences (Half-Term)
Subject associations
GEO 503 / AOS 503

Course educates Geosciences and AOS students in the responsible conduct of research using case studies appropriate to these disciplines. This discussion-based course focuses on issues related to the use of scientific data, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, the role of mentors & mentees, issues encountered in collaborative research and the role of scientists in society. Successful completion is based on attendance, reading, and active participation in class discussions. Course satisfies University requirement for RCR training.

Instructors
Regan H. Crotty
Thomas S. Duffy
John A. Higgins
Larry W. Horowitz
Catherine A. Riihimaki
Allan M. Rubin
Blair Schoene
Frederik J. Simons
Jeroen Tromp
Gabriel A. Vecchi
Graduate Studies
Spring 2021

FALL COURSES

Climate and Weather: Order in the Chaos (SEN)
Subject associations
ENV 354 / GEO 368

This course focuses on the relationship between climate and weather events: each weather event is unique and not predictable more than a few days in advance, large-scale factors constrain the statistics of weather events, those statistics are climate. Various climatic aspects will be explored, such as the geographic constraints, energy and water cycling, and oceanic and atmospheric circulation, solar heating, the El Niño phenomenon, ice ages, and greenhouse gases. These climate features will be used to interpret the statistics of a number of weather events, including heat waves, tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) and floods.

Instructors
Gabriel A. Vecchi

PRIOR SEMESTERS

Introduction to Ocean Physics for Climate
Subject associations
GEO 425 / MAE 425

The study of the oceans as a major influence on the atmosphere and the world environment. The contrasts between the properties of the upper and deep oceans; the effects of stratification; the effect of rotation; the wind-driven gyres; the thermohaline circulation.

Instructors
Gabriel A. Vecchi
Undergraduate Course
Fall 2023
Fundamentals of the Geosciences II
Subject associations
GEO 506

A survey of fundamental papers in the Geosciences. Topics include present and future climate, biogeochemical processes in the ocean, geochemical cycles, orogenies, thermochronology, Earth structure and mechanics, and seismicity. This is the core geosciences graduate course.

Instructors
Stephan A. Fueglistaler
John A. Higgins
Ching-Yao Lai
Elizabeth Niespolo
Allan M. Rubin
Gabriel A. Vecchi
Graduate Studies
Fall 2022