PTYS 522

Planetary Climate

Physical and chemical processes governing the climate of planets. Climate feedbacks and stability; greenhouse e?ect, ice-albedo feedback, cloud feedbacks. E?ect of atmospheric circulation on climate. Milankovitch cycles and ice ages. Long-term atmospheric evolution; runawaygreenhouse,SnowballEarth, atmospheric loss/collapse, faint young Sun problem. Interaction of climate with geology/biology. Observable signatures. Habitable zones. Application to Earth, Mars, Venus, Titan, and habitability of extrasolar planets.

Course Level: PTYS Graduate Elective
Course Credits: 3
Course Type: Graduate

Semester Section Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2020 Spring 001 Adam Showman