Teaching

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EPS 7, Introduction to Climate Change, Fall 2024

EPS 7 is online in Fall 2024. The lectures and exams will be on bCourses. The lectures will be asynchronous: they will post at the regular class time, but you can watch them at your leisure. On the other hand, the exams on bCourses will be synchronous: you must log in online at the specified time. Even though EPS 7 will be online, it will be just as much fun as the in-person version!

Overview

This course covers the physical processes that determine Earth's past, present, and future climate, with a particular focus on the essentially irreversible climate change (a.k.a., global warming) caused by the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas. Topics will also include the estimation of future warming and impacts, the Earth resources that can be used to combat climate change, and the policies being used to shift towards the use of those resources.

Time
M W F, 2:00-3:00
Location
In the bCourses Media Gallery
Required text
None
Readings will be posted online
Prerequisites
None
Grading
Homework 30% (on bCourses, due weekly)
Midterm I 20% (on bCourses, October 9, 2pm Pacific)
Midterm II 20% (on bCourses, November 6, 2pm Pacific)
Final 30% (on bCourses, December 19, 3pm Pacific)
Letter grades are 90-100% for an A, 80-90% for a B, 70-80% for a C, etc., with each decile split into equal thirds to determine + and -.
Homework
Late homework is not accepted
To avoid zeros, aim to submit every assignment well before its deadline
Exams
Exams are closed-book
Taking of regularly scheduled exams is mandatory
Only exception is documented medical incapacitation
Do not enroll if unable to attend the exams
Copyright
All course materials are copyrighted
This includes lectures, slides, videos, homework, and exams
Course materials are for your own use; they may not be distributed
Distribution or posting of course material is a violation of law and University policy
To avoid sanctions, do not put course material on websites or cloud services
Honor code
"As a member of the UCB community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others."
The honor code is taken seriously in EPS 7
Academic misconduct or a violation of course policy will result in sanctions
Professor (romps@berkeley.edu)
David Romps
Readers (eps7help@gmail.com)
TBD
Reader office hours
TBD
Professor office hours
Wednesday, 2-3 Pacific, 377 McCone

Syllabus

08/28
Joule and Watt: A tale of two Jameses
08/30
Energy on the move: How it gets from A to B
Homework 1 assigned
09/02
No class
09/04
Fun with units: Meters and thermometers
09/06
Wien's law: The color of light
Homework 1 due
Homework 2 assigned
09/09
Stefan-Boltzmann law: You are glowing, literally
09/11
Mercury: Warm and toasty
09/13
Mars: A little chilly
Homework 2 due
Homework 3 assigned
09/16
Earth's atmosphere: What is it?
09/18
Clausius-Clapeyron: Water, water, everywhere
09/20
Lapse rate: It is cold up here!
Homework 3 due
Homework 4 assigned
09/23
Radiative transfer: Gases glow, too
09/25
Greenhouse gases: The Earth's clothing
09/27
Discovery of global warming: A short history
Homework 4 due
Homework 5 assigned
09/30
Forcing and feedback: Your best life now
10/02
Earth's feedbacks: Calculating climate sensitivity
10/04
Cloud taxonomy: Name that cloud
Homework 5 due
Homework 6 assigned
10/07
Fossil fuels: Where did this stuff come from?
10/09
Midterm 1
10/11
Drill baby drill: How much have we burned?
Homework 6 due
Homework 7 assigned
10/14
Evidence of warming: Is it getting hot in here?
10/16
Ocean acidification: Where does the carbon go?
10/18
Climate models: Supercomputers to the rescue
Homework 7 due
Homework 8 assigned
10/21
The IPCC: How to win a Nobel Prize
10/23
Other gases: Laughing gas and hairspray
10/25
Scary feedbacks: Stuff that could burn
Homework 8 due
Homework 9 assigned
10/28
Paleoclimate: The past as guide to the future
10/30
Ice and sea level: Where to invest in property
11/01
Superstorms: The revenge of Clausius-Clapeyron
Homework 9 due
Homework 10 assigned
11/04
Future Earth: Spacesuits required
11/06
Midterm 2
11/08
Biomass power: Enough room for food and fuel?
Homework 10 due
Homework 11 assigned
11/11
No class
11/13
Hydro power: What is left to harness?
11/15
Nuclear power: Too costly and dangerous?
Homework 11 due
Homework 12 assigned
11/18
Wind power: Mining the sky
11/20
Solar power: Ready to save the day?
11/22
Domestic policy: ITC, PTC, alphabet soup
Homework 12 due
Homework 13 assigned
11/25
International agreements: Rio, Kyoto, and Paris
Homework 14 assigned
11/27
No class
11/29
No class
12/02
Carbon tax: The simple policy solution
Homework 13 due
Homework 14 due
12/04
Who obstructs action: Follow the money
12/06
Climate rights movement: What will your role be?
Homework 15 assigned