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Oceans and Climate

E&ES 260
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENVS 290, E&ES 560
Course Cluster and Certificates: Service Learning

Earth's climate is not static. Even without human intervention, the climate has changed, but mostly at a slower rate. In this course we will study the major properties of the ocean and its circulation and changes in climate during the Cenozoic Era (the past 66 million years). We will examine the effects of variations in greenhouse gas concentrations, the locations of continents, and the circulation patterns of oceans and atmosphere. Once a basic understanding of the climate system is attained, the focus will be on how we know about past climates. Through reading and in-class exercises students will look at data from sediment cores, ice cores, and tree rings to learn about past climates. The final project will investigate measures humans can take to slow the rate of climate change. It is possible and must be done.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM E&ES
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: E&ES101 OR E&ES199 OR E&ES115 OR [ENVS197 or BIOL197 or E&ES197]
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-20-2024
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