PTYS 522

Planetary Climate

Physical and chemical processes governing the climate of planets. Climate feedbacks and stability; greenhouse effect, ice-albedo feedback, cloud feedbacks. Effect of atmospheric circulation on climate. Milankovitch cycles and ice ages. Long-term atmospheric evolution; runaway greenhouse,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.

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PTYS Graduate Elective
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Semester Section Number Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2020 Spring 001 Adam Showman TTH 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 312 Syllabus