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GEOL 441 - Climate Variability and Climate Change


Description:
Examine past, present, and future changes in climate, and the factors that contribute to climate change over various timescales. GEOL 441 and GEOL 541 are equivalent courses; students may not receive credit for both.

Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: GEOL 201.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physics of the climate system, including the planetary energy balance, and oceanic and atmospheric circulation.
  • Identify the causes of natural climate variability, including volcanic and solar activity, and the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
  • Give examples of techniques used to reconstruct past climate.
  • Provide examples of how human activities are modifying the Earth’s climate system (e.g., addition of CO2 to the atmosphere, land use change etc.).

Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
3/19/20

Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Winter Locations: Ellensburg



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