Chemistry and Climate
Analysis Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
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,
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.
Ross Salawitch and Tim Canty if you have any questions about either of