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Climate Change Mechanisms and Tipping Points

23.06.2017
Education

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.
Course start date
05.02.2018
Course end date
15.04.2018
Registration deadline
29.01.2018
Organisation
University of Copenhagen
Department
Centre for Ice and Climate
Field of study
Natural science
Course Level
Master
Course topic
Climate research
Teaching language
English
Teaching place
Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen
Teaching country
Denmark
ECTS/Credits
7.5
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