Earth and Planetary Sciences 50. The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate, and Environment

This course introduces students to the fluid Earth, emphasizing Earth's weather and climate, the carbon cycle, and global environmental change. The physical concepts necessary for understanding the structure, motion and energy balance of the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere are covered first, and then these concepts are applied in exploring major earth processes. Examples from Earth's past history, on-going changes in the climate, and implications for the future are highlighted.
Note: Course includes a weekly three-hour lab to be arranged. This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Oceans and Atmosphere(s). This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of the Physical Universe. Formerly offered as EPS 22. Students who have taken EPS 22 cannot take EPS 50 for credit.





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