Climate of the Past

Academic year 2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title Climate of the Past
Course code PHD046 (AF:300276 AR:162386)
ECTS credits 6
Degree level Master di Secondo Livello (DM270)
Educational sector code CHIM/01
Period 2nd Semester
Course year 1
This course introduces students to climate studies, including beginnings of the solar system, time scales, and climate in human history. It also talks about:
• methods for detecting climate change, including proxies, ice cores, instrumental records, and time series analysis
• physical and chemical processes in climate, including primordial atmosphere, ozone chemistry, carbon and oxygen cycles, and heat and water budgets
• internal feedback mechanisms, including ice, aerosols, water vapor, clouds, and ocean circulation
• climate forcing, including orbital variations, volcanism, plate tectonics, and solar variability
• climate models and mechanisms of variability, including energy balance, coupled models, and global ocean and atmosphere models
Teaching language
Definitive programme.