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EESC W4001x. Advanced General Geology. 4 pts. Prerequisites: one term of college-level calculus, physics, and chemistry.

A concentrated introduction to the solid Earth, its interior and near-surface geology. Intended for students with good backgrounds in the physical sciences but none in geology. Laboratory and field trips.Lab Required.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4001
EESC
4001
76984
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
Tu 4:10p - 5:25p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
M. Anders 3 [ More Info ]

EESC W4008x. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. 3 pts. Prerequisites: advanced calculus and general physics, or the instructor's permission.

Basic physical processes controlling atmospheric structure: thermodynamics; radiation physics and radiative transfer; principles of atmospheric dynamics; cloud processes; applications to Earth's atmospheric general circulation, climatic variations, and the atmospheres of the other planets.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4008
EESC
4008
68791
001
Th 10:10a - 12:40p
TBA
L. Polvani 4 [ More Info ]

EESC W4009y. Chemical Geology. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: physical chemistry or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Thermodynamics as applied to Earth systems.

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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4009
EESC
4009
76975
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
506 SCHERMERHORN HALL
D. Walker 6 [ More Info ]

EESC W4040y. Climate Thermodynamics and Energy Transfer. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites:EESC W4008, advanced calculus, and general physics, or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Thermodynamics of atmospheric and oceanic processes fundamental to the climate system. Physical mechanisms of vertical energy transfer: surface fluxes, boundary layers and convection.

EESC W4050x. Global Assessment and Monitoring Using Remote Sensing. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Calculus I and Physics I & II are required for Undergraduates who wish to take this course.

Enrollment limited to 24 students. General introduction to fundamentals of remote sensing; electromagnetic radiation, sensors, interpretation, quantitative image analysis and modeling. Example applications in the Earth and environmental sciences are explored through the analysis of remote sensing imagery in a state-or-the-art visualization laboratory. Lab required. Priority given to graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering. Advanced level undergraduates may be admitted with instructor's permission.Lab Required.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4050
EESC
4050
27262
001
W 5:40p - 6:55p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
F 9:00a - 11:00a
TBA
C. Small 6 / 24 [ More Info ]

EESC W4076y. Geologic Mapping. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Permission from instructor to register for this course.

Fieldwork on weekends in April and two weeks in mid-May immediately following the end of examinations. Enrollment limited. Estimated expense: $250. The principles and practices of deciphering geologic history through the observation of rocks in the field, mapmaking, construction of geological cross-sections, and short written reports. Graduating undergraduate seniors may have to miss graduation. Please be advised.

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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4076
EESC
4076
26538
001
TBA D. Walker 8 / 12 [ More Info ]

EESC W4085x. Geodynamics. 3 pts. Prerequisites: calculus, differential equations, introductory physics.

Given in alternate years. An introduction to how the Earth and planets work. The focus is on physical processes that control plate tectonics and the evolution of planetary interiors and surfaces; analytical descriptions of these processes; weekly physical model demonstrations.

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Location
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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4085
EESC
4085
60172
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
W. Buck 0 [ More Info ]

EESC W4090y. Introduction to Geochronology and Thermochronology. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: One term of college-level calculus, and solid Earth system science or its equivalent.

Given in alternate years. An overview of approaches to estimating ages of sedimentary sequences and events in Earth history. Intended for students with good backgrounds in the physical sciences, who want to use geochronological techniques in their studies. The geochronology emphasis will be on emerging improvements in precision and accuracy of the Ar-Ar and U-Pb systems as well as alternative approaches to directly dating sedimentary strata in the first half. The thermochronology emphasis will be on exploring approaches to understanding uplift and erosion histories. The course will consist of a formal lecture on one day and a recitation on the second day which will emphasize examples and problem solving.

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Location
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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4090
EESC
4090
11564
001
W 4:10p - 7:00p
558 SCHERMERHORN HALL
S. Hemming 10 [ More Info ]

EESC W4113x. Introduction to Mineralogy. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: introductory geology or the equivalent, elementary college physics and chemistry, or the instructor's permission.

Elementary crystallography and crystal structures, optical properties of minerals, mineral associations, and economic minerals. Laboratory: identification of minerals in hand specimens and use of the petrographic microscope.Lab Required.

EESC W4223x. Sedimentary Geology. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: introductory geology or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Two required weekend field trips in September. An overview of sedimentology and stratigraphy for majors and concentrators in Earth and environmental sciences, and for graduate students from other disciplines. Lectures, class discussions, labs, and field exercises are integrated, with emphasis on processes, the characteristics of sediments and sedimentary rocks, interpretation of the geological record, and practical applications. Details at http://eesc.columbia.edu/courses/w4223/Lab Required.

EESC W4230y. Crustal Deformation. 3 pts. Prerequisites: introductory geology and one year of calculus. Recommended
preparation: higher levels of mathematics.

Introduction to the deformation processes in the Earth's crust. Fundamental theories of stress and strain; rock behavior in both brittle and ductile fields; earthquake processes; ductile deformation; large-scale crustal contractional and extensional events.

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Section
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Location
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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4230
EESC
4230
25516
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
C. Scholz
M. Anders
3 [ More Info ]

EESC W4300x. The Earth's Deep Interior. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Calculus, differential equations, one year of college physics, and EESC W4950 or its equivalent.

Given in alternate years. An introduction to properties of the Earth's mantle, fluid outer core, and solid inner core. Current knowledge of these features is explored, using observations of seismology, heat flow, gravity, geomagnetism, plus information on the Earth's bulk composition.

EESC W4330x. Introduction to Terrestrial Paleoclimate. 3 pts.

Given in alternate years. An overview of the archives in which evidence of terrestrial paleoclimate is preserved, the approaches to developing and applying proxies of climate from these archives, approaches for constraining the time represented by the information, and interpretations that have been developed from such archives. Important archives to be included are ice cores, caves, wetlands, lakes, trees, and moraines. The time interval covered will be mostly the last few tens of thousand years, and chronometers based on radiocarbon, U-series and surface exposure dating will be presented. The course will consist of a formal lecture on one day and a recitation on the second day which will emphasize examples and problem solving.

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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4330
EESC
4330
19314
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
J. Schaefer
W. Broecker
7 [ More Info ]

EESC W4400x. Dynamics of Climate Variability and Climate Change. 3 pts. Prerequisites: undergraduate course in climate or physics; undergraduate calculus.

An overview of how the climate system works on large scales of space and time, with particular attention to the science and methods underlying forecasts of climate variability and climate change. This course serves as the basic physical science course for the M.A. Program in Climate and Society.

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Location
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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4400
EESC
4400
18851
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
B. Lyon
M. Cane
0 / 52 [ More Info ]

EESC W4401x. Quantitative Models of Climate-Sensitive Natural and Human Systems. 4 pts. Prerequisites: undergraduate-level coursework in introductory statistics or data analysis; knowledge of calculus

An overview of how climate-societal and intra-societal relationships can be evaluated and quantified using relevant data sets, statistical tools, and dynamical models. Concepts and methods in quantitative modeling, data organization, and statistical analysis, with applications to climate and climate impacts. Students will also do some simple model experiments and evaluate the results.Lab Required.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4401
EESC
4401
76261
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
M 4:10p - 7:00p
TBA
M. Ting
T. Barnston
0 / 52 [ More Info ]

EESC W4403x. Managing and adapting to climate change. 3 pts. Course is required for the MA in Climate and Society program. Open to a maximum of 8 additional graduate students , admitted by application to and with permission of instructor. Prerequisites:EESC W4400; previous social science course or experience in policy and administration.

This integrating seminar on science and policy-making deals with climate and environment-development issues, and helps investigate ideas and methods for analyzing problems to reduce societal vulnerability and build resilience to climate variability and climate change. In order to integrate learning, the course is structured around modules that bridge several "divides": the social and natural sciences, temporal scales of variability and change impacting various sectors, the developing and industrialized regions, across local, national and international spatial levels, as well as socio-political, economic and ecological dimensions of development. The lectures and discussions move back and forth between theory and practice, required for the effective management of risks from a changing climate. The seminar modules will be led by outstanding researchers and professionals, with deep experience in the praxis of climate risk management and will include the economics & politics of sustainable development and climate risks; climate phenomena, societal responses and impacts; poverty, agriculture and food security; managing climate risks for health; managing competing claims over water; urban disaster risk management; climate risks & decision-making under uncertainty; media and climate. Practicum sessions, in addition, are designed to help integrate learning.

Course is required for the MA in Climate and Society program.
Open to a maximum of 8 additional graduate students, admitted by application to and with permission of instructor.

EESC W4404y. Regional Climate and Climate Impacts. 3 pts. Prerequisites:EESC W4400 and EESC W4401.

The dynamics of environment and society interact with climate and can be modified through use of modern climate information. To arrive at the best use of climate information, there is a need to see climate in a balanced way, among the myriad of factors at play. Equally, there is a need to appreciate the range of climate information available and to grasp its underlying basis and the reasons for varying levels of certainty. Many decisions in society are at more local scales, and regional climate information considered at appropriate scales and in appropriate forms (e.g., transformed into vegetation stress) is key. Students will build a sufficient understanding of the science behind the information, and analyze examples of how the information can and is being used. This course will prepare the ground for a holistic understanding needed for wise use of climate information.

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC W4404
EESC
4404
25354
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Giannini
A. Robertson
33 [ More Info ]

EESC W4405x. Summer Seminar in Climate and Society. 3 pts. Prerequisites: enrollment in the M.A. Program in Climate and Society.

This seminar complements the summer internship or thesis work for students in the M.A. Program during their final semester. By reporting and examining research and internship projects, both individually and as a group, students will improve their understanding of research and proposal design and methodology; improve the presentation of their ideas for professional contexts; and apply themes from the previous two semesters of coursework to the "real world." Students will present a brief report that ties the summer internship or thesis research activities to the issues discussed in the M.A. Program core curriculum.

EESC W4406y. Summer Internship in Climate and Society. 3 pts. Prerequisites: enrollment in the M.A. Program in Climate and Society.

During the third and final term of study for the 12-month M.A. Program in Climate and Society, students must complete either a thesis or internship and simultaneously enroll in EESC W4405. The summer internship requires a minimum of 140 hours of professional participation during the Summer Term in a position related to core issues of concern to the Program. The selected position must be approved by the Director of the M.A. Program by a specified date in the Spring Semester preceding the Summer Term. The position must be substantive in nature and must constitute a practical, professional experience. Students will be evaluated on the basis of oral and written updates on the work, a student internship report to be submitted at the end of the Summer Term, and on the basis of a supervisor report form to be submitted by the site supervisor for the internship.

EESC W4480x. Paleobiology and Earth System History. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: High-school biology, introductory college-level geology

Given in alternate years. Course is a survey of the biological and biogeochemical evolution of the Earth System. Students focus not only on a narrative of the panoply of biodiversity though time, but also on the development and the testing of evolutionary and geochemical hypotheses within a historical science. Case studies of mass extinctions and biological innovation as well as current topics and debates will be examined in detail. There are 4 full-day Field trips.

Given in alternate years.

EESC W4550y. Plant Ecophysiology. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: general biology or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Plant organismal responses to external environmental conditions and the physiological mechanisms of plants that enable these responses. An evolutionary approach is taken to analyze the potential fitness of plants and plant survival based on adaptation to external environmental factors. 2-hour lab on Fridays at Lamont.

EESC W4600x. Earth Resources and Sustainable Development. 3 pts. Prerequisites: None; high school chemistry recommended.

Survey of the origin and extent of mineral resources, fossil fuels, and industrial materials, that are non renewable, finite resources, and the environmental consequences of their extraction and use, using the textbook Earth Resources and the Environment, by James Craig, David Vaughan and Brian Skinner. This course will provide an overview, but will include focus on topics of current societal relevance, including estimated reserves and extraction costs for fossil fuels, geological storage of CO2, sources and disposal methods for nuclear energy fuels, sources and future for luxury goods such as gold and diamonds, and special, rare materials used in consumer electronics (e.g., "Coltan", mostly from Congo) and in newly emerging technologies such as superconducting magnets and rechargeable batteries (e.g., heavy rare earth elements, mostly from China). Guest lectures from economists, commodity traders and resource geologists will provide "real world" input.Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4600
EESC
4600
72676
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
P. Kelemen 22 [ More Info ]

EESC W4701y. Introduction to Igneous Petrology. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: introductory geology or the equivalent. Recommended preparation: EESC W4113 and knowledge of chemistry.

Given in alternate years. Compositional characteristics of igneous and metamorphic rocks and how they can be used as tools to investigate earth processes. Development of igneous and metamorphic rocks in a plate-tectonic framework.

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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4701
EESC
4701
98465
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
Tu 4:10p - 7:00p
506 SCHERMERHORN HALL
P. Kelemen 5 [ More Info ]

EESC W4835x. Wetlands and Climate Change. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: introductory biology or chemistry, or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Enrollment limited to 20. Priority given to juniors and seniors. Analysis of modern wetland dynamics and the important ecological, biogeochemical, and hydrological functions taking place in marshes, bogs, fens, and swamps, with a field emphasis. Wetlands as fossil repositories, the paleoenvironmental history they provide, and their role in the carbon cycle. Current wetland destruction, remediation attempts, and valuation. Laboratory analysis and field trips.

EESC W4885y. The Chemistry of Continental Waters. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Given in alternate years. Recommended preparation: a solid background in basic chemistry. Introduction to geochemical cycles involving the atmosphere, land, and biosphere; chemistry of precipitation, weathering reactions, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and groundwaters; students are introduced to the use of major and minor ions as tracers of chemical reactions and biological processes that regulate the chemical composition of continental waters.

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC W4885
EESC
4885
11767
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
417 SCHERMERHORN HALL
R. Anderson 21 [ More Info ]

EESC W4887x. Isotope Geology I. 3 pts. Given in alternate years. Prerequisites: Basic background in chemistry and physics.

Introduction to nuclear and radiochemistry, origin of the chemical elements, principles of radiometric dating, processes responsible for the chemical makeup of the solar system and the Earth.

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4887
EESC
4887
25149
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
417 SCHERMERHORN HALL
S. Goldstein 6 [ More Info ]

Given in alternate years.

EESC W4888y. Isoptope Geology II. 3-3 pts. Prerequisites: Introductory Chemistry and Earth Science coursework.

Given in alternate years. This class will be an introduction to the field of stable isotope geochemistry and its application to environmental processes and problems. The utility of stable isotopes as tacers of environmental processes will be examined with respect to the disciplines of paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, hydrology and hydrogeology. We will focus on the light elements and stable isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen in water, carbonates and organic compounds and why they fractionate in the environment. Radiocarbon as a tracer and dating tool will alos be presented. The theoretical background for isotope fractionation will be discussed in class. The mechanics of how mass spectrometers analyze different isotope ratios will be explored during experiments in the laboratory at Lamont-Doherty. Additional key parts of the class will be a review of paper and student-lead reviews of published papers on relevant topics and a reveiw paper.

EESC W4917x. Earth/Human Interactions. 3 pts.

Enrollment: limited to 20. Priority given to senior natural and social science majors, then graduate students. Based upon the most current understanding of our planet our interactions, and how we make decisions, a new knowledge-based "green" framework is developed for our relationship to our planet and to each other as well as its general implications for human stewardship of our planet. This new knowledge-based framework is explored using case studies, class participation, and term papers on specific current scientific and policy issues like global warming that impact the sustainability and resilience of our planet.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4917
EESC
4917
27311
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
P. Eisenberger 6 [ More Info ]

EESC W4920y. Paleoceanography. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Given in alternate years. The course examines the ocean's response to external climatic forcing such as solar luminosity and changes in the Earth's orbit, and to internal influences such as atmospheric composition, using deep-sea sediments, corals, ice cores and other paleoceanographic archives. A rigorous analysis of the assumptions underlying the use of climate proxies and their interpretations will be presented. Particular emphasis will be placed on amplifiers of climate change during the alternating ice ages and interglacial intervals of the last few million years, such as natural variations in atmospheric "greenhouse gases" and changes in deep water formation rates, as well as mechanisms of rapid climate change during the late Pleistocene. The influence of changes in the Earth's radiation distribution and boundary conditions on the global ocean circulation, Asian monsoon system and El Nino/Southern Oscillation frequency and intensity, as well as interactions among these systems will be examined using proxy data and models. This course complements W4937 Cenozoic Paleoceanography and is intended as part of a sequence with W4330 Terrestrial Paleoclimate for students with interests in Paleoclimate.

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Location
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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4920
EESC
4920
29779
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
603 SCHERMERHORN HALL
B. Hoenisch
J. McManus
19 [ More Info ]

Enrollment limit: 24. Priority given to graduate students and then graduating seniors.

EESC W4923y. Biological Oceanography. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Introductory college-level biology and chemistry.

Given in alternate years. An overview of the biology and ecology of the oceans with a focus on the interaction between marine organisms and the physics and chemistry of the oceans.

EESC W4925x. Principles of Physical Oceanography. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: a solid background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Physical properties of seawater, water masses and their distribution, sea-air interaction influence on the ocean structure, basic ocean circulation pattern, relation of diffusion and advection with respect to distribution of ocean properties, ocean tides and waves, turbulence, and introduction to ocean dynamics.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4925
EESC
4925
71246
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Gordon
R. Abernathey
3 [ More Info ]

EESC W4926y. Principles of Chemical Oceanography. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Instsructor's permission for students without one year of chemistry. Course open to undergraduates with one year of chemistry.

Given in alternate years. Recommended preparation: a solid background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Factors controlling the concentration and distribution of dissolved chemical species within the sea. Application of tracer and natural radioisotope methods to large-scale mixing of the ocean, the geological record preserved in marine sediments, the role of ocean processes in the global carbon cycle, and biogeochemical processes influencing the distribution and fate of elements in the ocean.

EESC W4929y. Mixing and Dispersion in the Ocean. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: some background in fluids, as provided by courses like EESC W4925 or APPH E4200, or the instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Mixing and dispersion in the ocean is of fundamental importance in many oceanographic problems, including climate modeling, paleo and present-day circulation studies, pollutant dispersion, biogeography, etc. The main goal of this course is to provide in-depth understanding (rather than mathematical derivations) of the causes and consequences of mixing in the ocean, and of the properties of dispersion. After introducing the concepts of diffusion and turbulence, instruments and techniques for quantifying mixing and dispersion in the ocean are reviewed and compared. Next, the instabilities and processes giving rise to turbulence in the ocean are discussed. The course concludes with a series of lectures on mixing and dispersion in specific oceanographic settings, including boundary layers, shallow seas, continental shelves, sea straits, seamounts, and mid-ocean ridge flanks.

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Location
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Spring 2014 :: EESC W4929
EESC
4929
62220
001
M 6:00p - 8:30p
417 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Thurnherr 9 [ More Info ]

EESC W4930y. Earth's Oceans and Atmosphere. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: a good background in the physical sciences.

Physical properties of water and air. Overview of the stratification and circulation of Earth's ocean and atmosphere and their governing processes; ocean-atmosphere interaction; resultant climate system; natural and anthropogenic forced climate change.

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC W4930
EESC
4930
28838
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Gordon 11 [ More Info ]

Given in alternate years. Limited to 20 students with priority given to EESC (DEES) graduate students.

EESC W4937y. Cenozoic Paleoceanography. 3 pts. Prerequisites: College-level geology helpful but not required.

Given in alternate years. Enrollment limit: 20; EESC graduate students have priority. Introduces the physical and chemical processes which govern how and where ocean sediments accumulate and examines major climate and oceanographic changes in the Cenozoic. Major topics addressed are: modes of biogenic, terrigenous, and authigenic sedimentation, depositional environments, pore fluids and sediment geochemistry, diagenesis, major events in Cenozoic paleoceanography, and sediment stratigraphic principles and methods.

Given in alternate years.

EESC W4947y. Plate Tectonics. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Course in solid earth geology or geophysics

Prepares students for research and oral exams with cross-discliplinary analysis of the plate-tectonic cycle. Driving forces and mantle convection, plate kinematics, magmatism, structure, thermal and chemical evolutions of mid-ocean ridges and subduction zones, continental rifts and collisions, and hot spots. Includes literature readings of great debates, and emphasizes integration of geophysical, geological and geochemical observations and processes.

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC W4947
EESC
4947
72611
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
555 SCHERMERHORN HALL
G. Abers 4 [ More Info ]

EESC W4949x. Introduction to Seismology. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Advanced calculus and general physics, or the instructor's permission

Methods and underpinnings of seismology including seismogram analysis, elastic wave propogation theory, earthquake source characterization, instrumentation, inversion of seismic data to infer Earth structure.

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Autumn 2014 :: EESC W4949
EESC
4949
16570
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
F. Waldhauser 4 [ More Info ]

EESC G6001x and y. Earth Science Colloquium. 1 pt.

Current topics in the Earth sciences

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Spring 2014 :: EESC G6001
EESC
6001
74909
001
TBA C. Mountain 44 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G6001
EESC
6001
69321
001
TBA C. Mountain 10 [ More Info ]

EESC G6003x and y. Masters Research. 4 pts.

Individual research in the student's field of specialization at the masters level. DEES PhD students register for this in the semester in which thay take their Masters Exam.

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Spring 2014 :: EESC G6003
EESC
6003
65119
001
TBA C. Mountain 11 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G6003
EESC
6003
22668
001
TBA C. Mountain 0 [ More Info ]

EESC G6010. Nonlinear Dynamics In Earth Sciences. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: undergraduate mechanics (physics), calculus.�

Given in alternate years. Introduction to nonlinear dynamics, with examples drawn from the Earth sciences.� Low-dimensional chaos, fractals, propagating interfaces, high dimensional spatial-temporal complexity; the Lorentz attractor for convection, shallow water waves, river networks, climate oscillations, and earthquakes.

Enrollment limit: 10-12. Geochemistry graduate students have priority.

EESC G6111x. Modern analytical methods in geochemistry. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Basic background in Earth sciences and chemistry.

This class provides a foundation for analytical methods used in geochemistry through a combination of lectures, and a hands-on laboratory project followed by data acquisition, data reduction and interpretation. Theoretical principles behind the operation of key instruments used in geochemistry in general are presented in lectures with emphasis on those instruments available at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and joint laboratories with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), but also including other commonly used instruments. A major component of this course is a hands-on geochemistry project teaching ultra-clean laboratory techniques. The students will analyze the samples they chemically prepare in the ultra-clean laboratory on at least three instruments (electron microprobe, thermal ionization mass spectrometer, inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometers) and finish the project by integrating the results acquired by the whole class.Lab Required.

EESC G6201. Sedimentary Environments and Facies. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites:EESC W4223 or its equivalent or instructor's permission.� Offered infrequently (every three to four years).� Field exercises undertaken on three weekends or an equivalent time over spring break. Processes of sedimentation, depositional facies, and the sedimentary environments in which they accumulate.

EESC G6221. Sedimentary Basins. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites:EESC W4223 and a structural geology course or their equivalents, or instructor's permission.

Offered infrequently (every three to four years). Origin and evolution of sedimentary basins in a plate-tectonic framework, with reference to well-studied examples and selected current issues and controversies.

EESC G6300y. Geophysical Inverse Theory. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Given in alternate years. Basic techniques of linear and non-linear inverse theory, and the validation of numerical models with sparse and noisy data. Includes discussion of genetic algorithms and evolutionary programming, theories of optimization, parameter tradeoffs, and hypothesis testing.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G6300
EESC
6300
72396
001
MW 3:00p - 4:30p
TBA
W. Menke 6 [ More Info ]

EESC G6810x. The Carbon Cycle. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Four aspects of the Earth's carbon cycle are considered: how it operated just prior to the Industrial Revolution; the fossil fuel CO2 perturbation; changes during glacial time; and the long-term planetary control system. Emphasis on information obtained from measurements of 13C and 14C.

EESC G6908x. Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis. 4 pts. Prerequisites: calculus. Recommended preparation: linear algebra, statistics, or instructor's permission.

Introduction to the fundamentals of data analysis. Topics: review of relevant statistics and linear algebra; methods of interpolation (different interpolants, advantages/disadvantages); methods of least squares (linear, weighted, constrained, error analysis); linear and nonlinear correlation; spectral analysis (Fourier analysis, convolution, deconvolution, distribution theory, Fourier theorems, smoothing, error analysis, power and phase spectral estimation, different approaches); filtering time series; forecast models (AR, MA, ARMA, ARIMA), empirical orthogonal functions (EOF), and related techniques.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G6908
EESC
6908
71067
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
W. Menke 4 [ More Info ]

EESC G6920y. Dynamics of Climate. 3 pts. Prerequisites:EESC W4008, and advanced calculus, or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Observations and interpretive models of the climate, including earth system models. Description of forcings that perturb climate along with processes and feedbacks that determine response. Application to past and future climates.

EESC G6921x. Atmospheric Dynamics. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites:EESC W4008, APPH E4210, and advanced calculus, or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. This course is a continuation of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics ( APPH E4210) which is a prerequisite for this course. Exploration of atmospheric circulation based upon oabservations and interpretive models. Topics include wave/mean-flow interaction (the equilibration of instabilities and the wave-driven contribution to meridional transport), zonally symmetric circulations (Hadley and Ferrel Cells), maintenance of the mid-latitude circulation through extratropical cyclones, the zonally asymmetric circulation (stationary waves and storm tracks), and the stratospheric circulation (the quasi-biennial oscillation and meridional transport).

Given in alternate years.

EESC G6922y. Atmospheric Radiation. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Advanced calculus and general physics or the instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. This course provides a basic but solid quantitative introduction to scattering of light. Properties such as spectra, angular distribution, and polarization of light in the atmosphere are of interest to remote sensing communities and to climate modeling communities. Hence, these properties of light play a central role in this course: What parameters can we use to describe them? How do they change when light is scattered, absorbed or emitted by clouds, aerosols, and gasses? How can we relate these changes to the physical parameters of clouds, aerosols, and gasses? How do such changes affect the light measured by satellites? Examples of past, current and future satellite measurements are briefly discussed.

EESC G6923y. Radiative Processes of Climate. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: remote sensing or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Radiative effect of clouds, aerosols, atmospheric gases, and surface albedo on climate. Past and present climate changes, feedback effects, and climate sensitivity to radiative forcing. Climate modeling capability with 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D climate models.

EESC G6927x. Tropical Oceanography. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites:EESC W4008, W4925, G6921 or G6930, and W4950 or its equivalent.

Given in alternate years. Enrollment limit: 25. Students closer to graduation will have priority. The focus of this course is the El Nino-Southern Oscillation phenomenon, which requires some consideration of the atmosphere. Linear equatorial wave theory allows a unified treatment of motions in the atmosphere and ocean. Other topics include boundary layer physics, and the mean structure of the atmosphere and upper tropical ocean. Theories for ENSO will be critiqued. The course will use the draft text The El Nino-Southern Oscillation Phenomenon by E.S. Sarachik and Mark A. Cane.

EESC G6928y. Tropical Meteorology. 3 pts. Prerequisites:EESC W4008, EESC W4950 or its equivalent, and EESC G6927, or some prior exposure to linear equatorial wave theory.

An introduction to the physics governing the large-scale behavior of the tropical atmosphere. Topics covered include the Hadley and Walker circulations, monsoons, atmospheric equatorial waves, the Madden-Julian oscillation, tropical cyclones, and El Nino. Principles of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics will be introduced as needed.

EESC G6929. Numerical Modeling of Geophysical Fluids. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: some acquaintance� with geophysical fluid dynamics (e.g., EESC W4008, W4925,� G6920, G6921, or Astronomy G4301).� Given in alternate years. Derives simplified sets of model equations. Discusses characteristics of atmospheric and oceanographic motions relevant to numerical analysis. Studies principal numerical methods used in geophysical fluid models. Consistency, convergence, linear and non-linear stability. Data assimilation and the problem of observational noise. Draws examples from meteorology and oceanography, particularly numerical weather prediction.

EESC G6930. Ocean Dynamics. 3 pts. Prerequisites: calculus, differential equations, vector algebra, fluid mechanics.

Given in alternate years. Hydrodynamical equations, vorticity dynamics, ocean circulation theories.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G6930
EESC
6930
64468
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
TBA
H. Ou 1 [ More Info ]

EESC G6940y. Marine Seismology. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: a solid background in geophysics and instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Essential theory, methods and techniques of seismology as applied to study of the Earth beneath the oceans. Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of near-vertical and wide-angle data with varied geologic applications. Emphasis is on forward modeling, inversion and imaging of modern marine seismic data types. Students will have hands-on experience with imaging codes and inversion schemes.

EESC G6948y. Gravity, Geodesy, and Isostasy. 3 pts. Prerequisites: a solid background in geophysics or instructor's permission.

Given in alternate years. Potential theory. Gravity and figure of the Earth. Gravity measurements and reductions. Interpretation techniques of gravity. Isostasy. Flexure of the lithosphere. Elastic plate/beam theory. Isostatic response functions. Geological interpretation of gravity data. Long and intermediate wavelength gravity anomalies. Satellite altimetry.

EESC G6949. Advanced Seismology. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: A solid background in geophysics, and a knowledge of complex variables.

Given in alternate years. Seismic waves in layered media, matrix methods, free vibrations of the Earth, dislocation theory, source mechanics.

EESC G8010x or y. Field Geology. 1 pt. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 9 points of credit, if taken in different areas. Estimated expenses: depends on locality visited. Field study in various geologic settings. Plans for the course are announced at the beginning of each term.

EESC G8666. History of Amphibians and Reptiles. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: some training in vertebrate zoology and historical geology, and instructor's permission. The structure, relations, and phylogenetic history of the amphibians and reptiles; paleontological materials, methods, and principles of evolution.

EESC G8667. History of Mammals. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: some training in vertebrate zoology and historical geology, and instructor's permission.� The structure, relations, and� phylogenetic history of mammals, with consideration of� paleontological materials, methods, and principles of evolution.

EESC G8884y. Advanced Geochemistry. 3 pts. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

Usually given in alternate years. Will be offered in spring 2013. Advanced topics in radiogenic isotope and trace-element geochemistry. Origin and composition of the Earth, evolution of the continents and mantle, and applications to igneous and surficial processes.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G8884
EESC
8884
24725
001
W 1:30p - 3:00p
TBA
A. Hofmann 1 [ More Info ]

EESC G9001x and y. Research In Earth and Environmental Sciences. 1-6 pts. Prerequisites: permission of the professor in charge of the student's field of research.

Individual research in the student's field of specialization.� The research may lead to a doctoral dissertation or to contributions for publications.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G9001
EESC
9001
66811
001
TBA C. Mountain 24 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G9001
EESC
9001
66364
001
TBA C. Mountain 2 [ More Info ]

EESC G9293x and y. Seminar In Stratigraphy. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Readings and discussions on topics of current interest in stratigraphy.

EESC G9295x and y. Seminar In Sedimentology. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

� May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Readings, discussions, presentations of original research, outside speakers, and field trips dealing with topics of current interest in sedimentology.

EESC G9450x. Seminar In Structural Geology. 2 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Research problems in structural geology.� Assigned reading. [Fall 04 preparatory seminar in basin and range extensional tectonics before Spring 05 field trip.]

EESC G9455x and y. Tectonophysics Seminar. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Special topics in tectonics and rock mechanics.

EESC G9500x and y. Seminar In Plant Physiology and Ecology. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

May be repeated for up to 10 points of credit.�� Prerequisite:� instructor's permission.� Discussions of the current literature and the fields of plant ecology and physiology.

EESC G9668x and y. Seminar In Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Current literature on evolution, systematics, and morphology of vertebrates, with reports by members of the seminar.

EESC G9701x and y. Advanced Petrology Seminar. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 10 points of credit.� Research problems in petrology and special methods in the study of minerals and rocks bearing on their origin and relationships in time and space.� Assigned reading.� Topics such as advanced thermodynamics, experimental petrology, oceanic, continental, and planetary petrology are offered as appropriate.

EESC G9802x and y. Seminar In Geochemistry. 1-3 pts. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to six points of credit.� Discussion of current developments in rock and water geochemistry.

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G9802
EESC
9802
66426
001
F 9:45a - 10:45a
TBA
A. Hofmann 2 [ More Info ]

EESC G9810x and y. Mathematical Earth Science Seminar. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 10 points of credit.� Current research in problems at the interface between applied mathematics and Earth and environmental sciences.

EESC G9815x and y. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Seminar. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 10 points of credit.� Problems in the dynamics of geophysical fluid flows

EESC G9910x. Seminar In Atmospheric Science. 1 pt. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 10 points of credit. Current research developments in atmospheric sciences including tropical climate variability, stratospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere, and global climate modeling.

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G9910
EESC
9910
15639
001
F 9:15a - 11:45a
TBA
A. Fiore
L. Polvani
19 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G9910
EESC
9910
18505
001
TBA A. Fiore 2 [ More Info ]

EESC G9928x and y. Advanced Submarine Geology Seminar. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Problems in submarine geology, including methods of measuring and mapping submarine topography, sedimentary processes, origin and nature of marine sediments, plate tectonics; structures, geomorphology, and history of the ocean floor.

EESC G9931x and y. Physical Oceanography Seminar. 1-3 pts. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� Review and critical study of selected current research problems.

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Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G9931
EESC
9931
14915
001
TBA A. Gordon
B. Linsley
J. McManus
M. Cane
3 [ More Info ]

EESC G9945x and y. Seismology Seminar. 1-3 pts. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 10 points of credit.� Critical study of current problems in the field of seismology, including such topics as� near and deep earthquakes, seismicity, instrument design, and monitoring underground nuclear explosions.

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Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G9945
EESC
9945
21916
001
W 1:30p - 3:00p
TBA
G. Abers
G. Ekstrom
M. Nettles
S. Webb
8 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: EESC G9945
EESC
9945
72613
001
W 1:30p - 3:00p
TBA
G. Ekstrom
J. Gaherty
S. Webb
3 [ More Info ]

EESC G9947x and y. Marine Geophysics Seminar. 1-3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

May be repeated for up to 6 points of credit.� The focus of each seminar is on a specific research direction that has proven critical to advancing our understanding of global geodynamic phenomena.� Students, faculty and members of the research staff engage in analysis of such topics as mass fluxes at continental margins, mantle plumes and mid-ocean ridge processes, and formation of marginal seas.� Much of this analysis is based on critique of the current literature, but students are also required to carry out individual projects and some reporting requirements may be included.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC G9947
EESC
9947
12204
001
F 11:00a - 12:00p
TBA
D. Shillington
N. Miller
S. Carbotte
4 [ More Info ]

Atmospheric Science

EESC W4020y. Humans and the Carbon Cycle. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: One semester of college-level calculus and chemistry or the instructor's permission.

Basic science underlying the human impact on the carbon cycle and climate. Physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the natural and anthropogenically-perturbed carbon cycle. Topics include: socioeconomic factors driving human CO2 emissions; ocean and terrestrial biosphere sinks and their recent trends; CO2 on glacial-interglacial time scales; climate-carbon feedbacks; model predictions of climate change and their uncertainties; the IPCC process; ocean acidification; strategies for mitigation.

Given in alternate years. Enrollment limited to 20. Priority based on seniority (graduate students, graduating seniors, etc.)

EESC W4630y. Air-sea interaction. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Solid background in mathematics,physics and chemistry. Some background in fluid mechanics (as in EESC W4925/APPH E4200)or instructor's permission.

An overview of oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers including fluxes of momentum, heat, mass, (eg., moisture salt) and gases between the ocean and atmosphere; vertical distribution of energy sources and sinks at the interface including the importance of surface currents; forced upper ocean dynamics, the role of surface waves on the air-sea exchange processes and ocean mixed layer processes.

EESC W4924y (Section 001). Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 pts. Prerequisites: Physics V1201, Chemistry C1403, Calculus III, or equivalent or permission from instructor. EESC V2100 preferred.

Physical and chemical processes determining atmospheric composition and the implications for climate and regional air pollution. Atmospheric evolution and human influence; basics of greenhouse effect, photolysis, reaction kinetics; atmospheric transport of trace species; stratospheric ozone chemistry; tropospheric hydrocarbon chemistry; oxidizing power, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, carbon, mercury cycles; chemistry-climate-biosphere interactions; aerosols, smog, acid rain.

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Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: EESC W4924
EESC
4924
95943
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
417 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Fiore 13 [ More Info ]

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