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Rutgers Graduate Courses Related to Climate and Environmental Change

Atmospheric Sciences

16:107:532 ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS(3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The atmospheric physics of gravitation, clouds and aerosols, precipitation, energy and momentum transfer, solar and terrestrial radiation, optics, acoustics.

16:107:545 PHYSICAL CLIMATOLOGY(3)
Prerequisite: A basic course in meteorology or climatology.
The climate system, surface-energy balance, past climate variations, climate-feedback mechanisms, climate modeling, causes of climate change, detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change.

16:107:539 INTRODUCTION TO RADIATIVE TRANSFER IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND OCEAN (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Theory and simple models of radiative transfer in the ocean and atmosphere. Current research utilizing these techniques, including modeling clouds, aerosols and climate, and environmental remote sensing. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

16:107:544 MODELING OF CLIMATE CHANGE(3)
Prerequisites: At least one graduate course in meteorology, oceanography, or physical geography. Knowledge of a high-level programming language, such as FORTRAN or C.
Climate models, including energy-balance, radiative-convective, and general circulation models. Actual practice running climate models and analyzing output.

16:107:553 MECHANISMS OF PAST CLIMATE CHANGE (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate-level coursework in meteorology, oceanography, geology, or physical geography.
Mechanisms responsible for changes in climate during Earth's distant past, including orbital forcing of climate change, millennial-scale climate variability, and past changes in tropical atmosphere-ocean interaction.
 
16:107:603,604 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE (BA, BA)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The student conducts an independent comprehensive literature review and investigation of meteorological areas of interest other than the thesis topic. Regular reports of progress made in conference.

16:375:540 ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY (3)
(Spring, odd years)
This graduate level course in Atmospheric Chemistry will focus on the chemistry of the troposphere, with some discussion of the stratosphere.  Students will gain an understanding of the photochemistry of natural as well as anthropogenic species.  We will discuss the impact of human activities on the chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere and will briefly discuss global warming.  The required text will be Chemistry of the Upper and Lower Atmosphere (QC879.6 .F57 2000) by Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts.  The course will be taught in discussion format (little or no lecture) so reading the assigned chapters in the text before each class period will be vital.  The course will also emphasize problem solving.

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences


16:460:503 STUDIES IN PALEONTOLOGY (3)
Topics include methods and case studies in systematics, evolution and extinction, paleogeography, paleoclimate, and other topics of current interest. Emphasis on the relationship between geological and biological processes.

16:460:505 SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY(3)
Topics of current interdisciplinary research in sedimentary geology. Sequence stratigraphy, facies models, sea-level change, unconformities/hiatuses, tectonics, climate change, evolution, mass extinctions.

16:460:526 PALEOCEANOGRAPHY (3)
Paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and paleogeography of marine microfossils; study of major paleoceanographic events and their relationships to stratigraphy and sedimentary facies.

16:460:629 SEMINAR IN EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE (3)
(Spring 2014)
Prerequisites: Students should have a background in either (a) Earth/marine/environmental science or (b) economics/public policy, or both. Registration is by instructors permission only.Course will meet on Thursdays from 2-5 pm in Civic Square Building 168. Contact Professor Kopp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
This graduate seminar will examine the natural science, impact science and economic literature on the uncertainties and risks associated with climate change, and the challenges of linking together research in these disciplines.

Department of Geography


16:450:523 THE CLIMATE SYSTEM AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE (3) 
The earth's energy balance, hydrologic cycle, and atmospheric circulation at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Present climate events and aspects of climate change.

16:450:504 COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY (3) 
Erosional and depositional processes in the coastal environment. Process-response models and problem-solving methods in coastal research. 

16:450:612 NATURAL HAZARDS MANAGEMENT (3) 
Analysis of human and environmental contributions to the generation and management of natural hazards, including, among others, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts. Contemporary public policy issues at national and international levels of government. Theoretical emphasis on decision making in the face of uncertainty.

Graduate Program in Oceanography


16:712:502 LARGE SCALE OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERIC DYNMAMICS (3)
The theoretical basis for the observed large-scale, atmospheric and ocean circulation is presented. Topics include: derivation of the three-dimensional equations of motion; vorticity and energy; the planetary boundary layer; synoptic-scale motions; linear waves; hydrodynamic instability; the general circulation on the sphere; the effects of boundaries on large-scale horizontal flow; and vertical structure and motion.

11:628:320 DYNAMICS OF MARINE ECOSYSTEMS 2010 (3) 
An overview of the fundamental processes in the marine environment with emphasis on interdisciplinary linkages in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Understanding the dynamics in the physics, chemistry, and biology of the oceans will be emphasized.

16:712:560 HISTORY OF THE EARTH SYSTEM (3) 
This course integrates atmospheric, oceanographic, geological and biological concepts with a historical perspective to introduce the student to the major processes that have shaped Earth's environment. The course will examine climatic processes on geological time scales, the evolution of organisms, the cycling of elements, and the feedbacks between these processes. Prerequisites: Introductory Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or by consultation with the Instructor).

16:712:603 NUMERICAL MODELING OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND OCEAN(3)
Introduction to techniques used to model geophysical fluid systems: approximation of functions and equations; finite difference, finite element, Fourier and spectral methods; advection algorithms; parameterization and smoothing; model testing and evaluation.

School of Public Health

Global Climate Change & PH - 17354 - ENOH 0572J - 030 (3)
Global Climate Change and Public Health is designed to familiarize students with the public health implications of a changing climate. These impacts may be brought on by heat waves, changes in ambient air pollution and airborne allergens, water- or vector-borne diseases, extreme storm events, food scarcity and population displacement. The overall objective of Global Climate Change and Public Health is to lay a foundation for this cross-disciplinary perspective by engaging students in lectures, exercises, and discussions built around the emerging knowledge base on the public health dimensions of climate change.



Professional Science Masters/Master of Business and Science

16:137:556 INTEGRATED ENERGY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES (3)
Challenges and opportunities related to society's demand for energy and the resulting environmental impact, from the perspective of physical, biological social sciences, and engineering.Lectures by faculty/guest experts, with related student discussions, presentations, and team-based projects.

 

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