The Atmosphere
Science A-30
Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008.  Steven C. Wofsy (All rights reserved)

Lectures: Tu., Th., 10 - 11:30, Science Center Room E

The final exam is scheduled for: Saturday, 17 May 2008, 9:15 AM, in Science Center A
If this schedule poses a problem please contact Prof. Wofsy via email.
Students are requested to each bring a calculator, and are allowed 2 pages of notes.

Annual global temperature, from direct measurements
(Source: Climate Research Unit, U. East Anglia).
Brohan, P., J.J. Kennedy, I. Harris, S.F.B. Tett and P.D. Jones, 2006:
Uncertainty estimates in regional and global observed temperature changes: a new dataset from 1850.
J. Geophysical Research 111, D12106, doi:10.1029/2005JD006548.

Animation of Midwest Blizzard, 2006 Dec 21
2007 Arctic Sea Ice -- Retreat from historical levels
Maslanik et al., 2007

NPR Special on Ice & Climate

Click on the photo to connect.
Part 3 is on sea ice.

Coriolis Effect Demos, discussion and mpeg movies.

Click here for Coriolis Effect Movie, #1 Click here for Coriolis Effect Movie, #2


Teaching Staff:

Students are strongly encouraged to meet personally with the faculty and/or teaching fellows whenever the need arises, or just to discuss the course or related issues.

  Contact info. Office Office Hours Section
Steven C. Wofsy
Pierce Hall 110D
Geo Museum 453
By appointment;
e-mail to arrange
Eric Kort

Geo Museum 411
Wed. 1-2 pm
Shaler Room
Geo Museum
Wed. 12-1 pm
Shaler Room
Geo Museum
Ben Lee
Geo Museum 417
Wed. 11am-noon
Geo Museum 418
Wed. 10-11am
Geo Museum 418
Elizabeth Hammond Pyle Geo Museum 409
Tues. 2-3 pm
Daly Room 105
Geo Museum
Tues. 1-2 pm
Daly Room 105

Geo Museum
Moeko Yoshitomi Pierce Hall Room G3A
Tues. 3-4 pm
Pierce Hall 100F
Tues. 4-5 pm
Pierce Hall 100F

Recommended text

The Atmospheric Environment by M. B. McElroy (Princeton, 2002). This book was conceived by Prof. McElroy during his development of Science A-30.

    Companion Text online:
  1. Preface and Introduction.
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
  8. Chapter 8

"Cap cloud", caused by condensation as air moves over a mountain, cooling on the way up and warming up on the way down.

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