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Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes

This course is taught by 3 instructors in 6 parts. The first three parts are taught by Prof. Edward Boyle. The fourth and fifth parts are taught by Prof. Carl Wunsch. The sixth part is taught by Prof. Kerry Emanuel. The first 6 lecture notes in Part 1 are provided by Prof. Julian Sachs in University of Washington. Used with permission.

Images from journals published by the American Meteorological Society are copyright © AMS and used with permission.

Part 1. Paleoclimate (8 lectures)
1The origin of the earth, the atmosphere and life (PDF - 1.4 MB)
2The moon and the earth's rotation rate (PDF)
3The co-evolution of life, ocean and atmospheric chemistry, and sedimentary rocks (PDF - 1.8 MB)
4The "Faint Young Sun Paradox" and the geochemical C cycle (PDF)
5Long-term climate cycles and the proterozoic glaciations ("Snowball Earth") (PDF)
6Climate on geologic time scales and the CO2-climate connection (PDF)
7Pleistocene ice age cycles 0-2.65 Ma (PDF - 1.3 MB)
8Ice sheet paleoclimatology (PDF)
Part 2. CO2 and ocean chemistry (4 lectures)
9Natural and fossil fuel CO2 in the ocean I (1 lecture) (PDF - 2.0 MB)

Natural and fossil fuel CO2 in the ocean II (3 lectures) (PDF - 1.2 MB)

Handout (PDF)

Part 3. Atmospheric chemistry and climate (4 lectures, 2 lectures each topic)
13-14Atmospheric chemistry I (PDF)
15-16Atmospheric chemistry II (PDF)
Part 4. Wiggle matching and Milankovitch theory (2 lectures)
17-18Wiggle matching and milankovitch hypotheses (PDF)
Part 5. Ocean and climate (7 lectures)
19-25Ocean circulation for climate understanding (PDF - 1.7 MB)
Part 6. The atmosphere (10 lectures, 2 lectures each topic)
26-27Introduction (PDF)
28-29Radiative and convective heat transfer (PDF - 3.5 MB)
30-31Moist convection (PDF - 1.4 MB)
32-33Water vapor and clouds (PDF - 1.4 MB)
34-35Lateral transport of heat and water (PDF - 2.3 MB)


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