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Climate Change Mechanisms and Tipping Points

Course start date
05 Feb 2018
Course end date
15 Apr 2018
Registration deadline
29 Jan 2018
Organisation
University of Copenhagen
Department

Niels Bohr Institute

Address
Blegdamsvej 17
Zip code
2100
City
Copenhagen
Country
Denmark
Course category
Education
Course Level
Master
Field of study
Natural science
Course topic
Climate research
Teaching language
English
ECTS/Credits
7.5
Teaching country
Denmark
Teaching place
Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen

The course gives an introduction to fundamental physical and bio-geo-chemical mechanisms defining the climate and climate variations on Earth. The following topics are covered:

  • Blackbody radiation, the planetary energy balance, and the greenhouse effect.
  • Recent global warming and future climate scenarios.
  • The concepts of radiative forcing, feedbacks, and climate sensitivity.
  • The major atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns.
  • The role of the cryosphere in the climate system and changes in sea level.
  • Plate tectonics and its impact on Earth’s climate.
  • The major components and mechanisms of the organic and inorganic carbon cycles.
  • Quaternary climate variability on orbital, millennial, and annual time scales.
  • Past, present, and future abrupt climate change and tipping elements of the climate system.
Last updated
23 Jun 2017