ERTH 535:
Planetary Climate Change
Course Schedule
Spring 2017
Dr. Dave Dempsey
Dept. of Earth & Climate Sci.,
SFSU

Jump to Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 and Finals
Week # Monday Tuesday Thursday

Week
1
:

Jan 23, 24, 26

  • Lab Activity #1: Seasonal Temperature Change (cont'd)

Week
2
:

Jan
30, 31,
Feb 2

  • Lab Activity #2: The Seasons (cont'd)

Week
3
:

Feb
6, 7, 9

  • Problem #1 Due
  • Lab Activity #3: Concept Maps about Intensity of Solar Radiation
  • Lab Activity #3: Concept Maps about Intensity of Solar Radiation (cont'd)

Drop deadline (Fri., Feb. 10)

Week
4

Feb 13, 14, 16

  • Lab Activity #3: Concept Maps about Intensity of Solar Radiation (cont'd)
  • Quiz #1
  • Class notes: Principle of Conservation of Energy and Energy Transformations [PDF file]
  • Class notes: Conservation of Energy and a Heat Budget Equation
  • Problem #2

Week
5

Feb 20, 21, 23

  • Problem solving: Effective radiative temperatures of Venus, Earth, and Mars
  • Problem #2 Due
  • Class notes: Effective Radiative Temperature of a Planet [PDF file]
  • Class notes: Blackbody emission spectra [PDF file]

Week
6

Feb
27, 28,
Mar 2

Week
7
:

Mar
6, 7, 9

 

  • Lab Activity #5 (cont'd)

Week
8:

Mar 13, 14, 16

  • Pre-class Quiz #3

  • Lab Activity #7: Global Patterns of Sea Surface Temperature and Salinity
    • Notes on Lab Activity #7 (particulary on heat transport by ocean currents) [stay tuned; PDF file]
  • Lab Activity #7 (cont'd)
  • Problem #4 Due

  • Lab Activity #7 (cont'd)

Cr/NC Deadline (Fri., March 17)
Mar 20, 21, 23 Spring Break

Week
9
:

Mar 27, 28, 30

Week
10
:

Apr
3, 4, 6

  • Lab Activity #11: Land/Water Contrasts (cont'd)

  • Lab Problem (based on Lab Activity #11) [PDF file]

Week
11
:

Apr 10, 11, 13

Week
12
:

Apr 17, 18, 20

  • Lab Activity #13 (cont'd)

 

  • Lab Activity #13 (cont'd)

Week
13
:

Apr 24, 25, 27

  • Lab Activity #13 Due

Withdrawal Deadline
  • Discussion of Pleistocene glaciation articles (cont'd)

Week
14
:

May 1, 2, 4

  • Discussion of articles on Arctic climate change (cont'd)

  • Reading #15

Week
15
:

May 8, 9, 11

  • Due at class time (for students who chose the topic): Two-page summary of articles & discussion about hurricanes and global warming.

  • No regular class meeting. I'm available for consultation as needed.

  • Discussion of the jet stream and Arctic warming (cont'd)

Week
16
:

May 15, 16

  • Due in class (for students who chose the topic): Two-page summary of articles & discussion about the jet stream and Arctic warming.

  • If needed, discussion of articles on causes and projections of modern climate change (cont'd)

Last day of regular classes
Final exams begin

Final Exam Week:

May 22

  • Due (all students): Two-page summary of articles & discussion about causes and projections of modern climate change

  • Quiz #4
 

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