EESC W4030. Climatic Change. 3 pts.
Prerequisites: The instructor's permission.
Separating the anthropogenic global warming climate signal from natural climate change requires an understanding of the modes and causes of climate variability. Climate Change examines ice core records of atmospheric greenhouse gases and climate, lake and other terrestrial records of continental climate, and deep-sea core records from the marine environment. Interpreting these records requires an in depth understanding of the tools and techniques for developing the age control and proxies of environmental parameters. Fundamental principles of physics, chemistry, and biology are required to develop and interpret the environmental proxies. Basic statistical techniques are used in time-series analysis of records from different archives.