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
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12.812 (Fall): The general circulation of the atmosphere and climate change

Describes the general circulation of Earth's atmosphere and its maintenance. Second half of the course explores the response of the general circulation to climate change.
Pre-req: 12:810 or instructor's permission
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12.901 (Fall): Proposals, Papers and Pathways

This seminar will build skills for writing scientific proposals and papers, and it will also facilitate investigation of career pathways. Topics covered include scientific writing and graphics, peer review, proposal writing for grants and fellowships, and exploration of academic and non-academic careers.
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12.003 (Fall): Introduction to Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics

(Previously taught during Spring Semester)
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.

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.