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ESC 705 Global Climate Change
3 hours; 3 credits
This course examines the dominant physical, chemical, and geological processes controlling global climate and its variations through time, on time scales from millions of years to seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales of relevance to human societies. An account of the Cenozoic climate decline leading to the major glacial cycles of Pleistocene will be used as a context for understanding global climate sensitivity, the modes and mechanisms of climatic responses to external forcings, and projected consequences of the ongoing build-up of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere.
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