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Tim Canty and I have developed two new courses at the University of Maryland.

Both of these courses can be taken by graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

These courses are:

Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate

Analysis Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

The Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate course focuses on global warming, the carbon cycle, air pollution, and the ozone layer. Fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry are related to the modern understanding of these topics based on resources such as satellite missions, field campaigns, and scientific assessments published by international agencies. We also examine how society’s energy needs could be met, in the future, in a manner with less impact on atmospheric composition than the present heavy reliance on combustion of fossil fuels. The course is taught at a level appropriate for upper class undergraduate chemistry or physical science majors and graduate students.

The Analysis Methods course is taught in a computer lab featuring 20 modern Linux work stations.  This class is designed for incoming graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have limited computational experience in a Unix or Linux environment.  We cover numerical techniques often used in modern atmospheric and oceanic science via many hands-on exercises involving FORTRAN, MATLAB, and IDL (the tools of our trade).  These exercises involve use of real data of widespread interest, such as the Vostok ice core record and the modern global average temperature anomaly.

Please contact Ross Salawitch and Tim Canty if you have any questions about either of these courses.

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