Informações sobre o curso
This class provides a series of Python programming exercises intended to explore the use of numerical modeling in the Earth system and climate sciences. The scientific background for these models is presented in a companion class, Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change. This class assumes that you are new to Python programming (and this is indeed a great way to learn Python!), but that you will be able to pick up an elementary knowledge of Python syntax from another class or from on-line tutorials.
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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6 hours to complete

Time-Dependent Energy Balance Model

This class is intended to complement a Coursera class called Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change, which presents much of the background to the material here. In this class you'll be using spreadsheets (maybe) and Python (definitely) to do some simple numerical calculations on topics in Earth System Science. The model you'll be working on this week is based on material from Unit 3 of that class, called First Climate Model. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 7 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
How the Model Works3m
Reading6 readings
Scripting and Spreadsheets10m
Tips for Using Spreadsheets for Numerical Simulation10m
Tips for Getting Started Coding10m
Model Formulation10m
How to Solve Using a Spreadsheet10m
How to Encode into Python or Fortran10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Code Tricks: Heat Capacity, Time Steps, and Equilibration Time8m

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6 hours to complete

Iterative Runaway Ice-Albedo Feedback Model

The ideas behind this model were explained in Unit 7, Feedbacks, in Part I of this class. First we get to generate simple linear "parameterization" functions of planetary albedo and the latitude to which ice forms (colder = lower latitude ice). Second, for any given value of the solar constant, L, we'll use iteration to find consistent values of albedo and T, to show the effect of the ice albedo feedback on Earth's temperature, running away to fall into the dreaded "snowball Earth". ...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video1 videos
Reading3 readings
Parameterized Relationship Between T, Ice Latitude, and Albedo10m
Spreadsheet Instructions10m
Coding Instructions10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Code Trick: Hysteresis Into and Out Of the Snowball4m

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6 hours to complete

Ice Sheet Dynamics

Ice flows like extra-thick molasses, downhill. The shape of the ice sheet (altitude versus distance across) is determined by the relationship between ice surface slope and the flow rate of the ice. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video1 videos
Reading3 readings
Model Formulation10m
Spreadsheet Tips10m
Coding10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Code Tricks: Time Steps, Snowfall, and Elevation10m

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11 hours to complete

Pressure, Rotation, and Fluid Flow

Planetary rotation and fluid flow were explained in Part I of this class, Unit 6, on Weather and Climate. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 7 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
Video1 videos
Reading1 readings
Model Description10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Code Trick: Geostrophic Flow and a Drifting Rossby Wave4m
Code Trick: Gyre Circulation with Westward Intensification6m

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6 hours to complete

A Model of Climate Changes Today

Background for this model was presented in Part I of this class, Unit 9, The Perturbed Carbon Cycle. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video1 videos
Reading4 readings
Description of the Model Formulation10m
Tips for Solving in a Spreadsheet10m
Tips for Encoding10m
Survey on MOOC technology10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Code Trick: Aerosol Masking and Our Future8m
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Top Reviews

By ISFeb 16th 2017

I would love some more excercises, more modeling concepts. A great experience after all!

By SKJan 18th 2018

A challenging course that gives a basic insight to the world of climate modelling

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David Archer

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