Academic Courses

12.003 (Fall): Introduction to Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics
This undergraduate class is designed to introduce students to the physics that govern the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere. The focus is on the processes that control the climate of the planet.
Pre-req: GIR:PHY1, GIR:CAL2
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12.810 (Spring): Dynamics of the Atmosphere
Discusses the dynamics of the atmosphere, with emphasis on the large scale. Topics include zonally symmetric circulations and the tropical Hadley circulation; internal gravity waves; balanced flows, potential vorticity conservation and Rossby waves; baroclinic instability and extratropical storms; tropical waves and the Walker circulation; the role of eddies in the general circulation and the response of the general circulation to climate change.
Pre-req: 12:800 or instructor's permission

12.812: The general circulation of the atmosphere and climate change
(Previously taught during Spring semester)
An exposition of the main features of the general circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. The final part of the course explores possible changes in the general circulation associated with climate change.

12.312: Understand and run your own climate model
(Previously taught during IAP)
Overviews the fundamentals of simulating the Earth's climate. Basic background on the processes maintaining the climate is provided. Students run simple climate models (radiative-convective equilibrium and energy balance models) in Matlab and analyze output from the comprehensive climate models used in global-warming assessments.

12.802: Wave Motions in the Ocean and Atmosphere
(Previously co-taught with Glenn Flierl)
Basic ideas of geophysical wave motion in rotating, stratified, and rotating-stratified fluids.