This course provides a broad overview of the physics of the atmosphere and climate along with an in-depth understanding of physical processes and anthropogenic effects. It develops the skills needed for conducting research on these topics, with emphasis on the interpretation of qualitative and quantitative observational and model data. Students acquire skills that include in-depth understanding (and writing) scientific papers, oral presentations, and independent research.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Radiation in the atmosphere: Photochemistry, heating and cooling. Atmospheric radiation balance: top of the atmosphere, global, surface. Structure of the atmosphere and atmospheric circulation: troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere. Large scale oscillations and teleconnections. The climate system, climatic variations and sensitivity. Greenhouse effect: changes in energy balance (natural and anthropogenic) and radiative forcing. Natural variability and changes: volcanic and solar activity. Ozone as a climate gas. Introduction to boundary layer physics and meteorology. Introduction to atmospheric models.
Additional bibliography for study
Σημειώσεις απο τις διαλέξεις (Κ. Τουρπάλη)
1. Atmospheric Science, Wallace and Hobbs, 2006, Academic Press
2. Atmospheric Science for Environmental Scientists, 2009, Hewitt and Jackson, Wiley-Blackwell
3. Aeronomy of the middle atmosphere, Brasseur and Solomon, Reidel, Dordrecht, Holland
4. Global Warming: The complete briefing, John Houghton, Cambridge Univ. Press
5. An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics, Andrews, 2000, Cambridge University Press
6. Physics of Climate, Peixoto and Oort, 1992, American Institute of Physics
7. Middle Atmosphere Dynamics, 1987,Andrews, Holton and Leovy Academic Press
8. Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change, 1999, Brasseur, Orlando and Tyndall eds, Oxford University Press