Maloney Research Group
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
1371 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1371
whannah (at) atmos.colostate.edu
This class was designed for non-science majors to get a solid understanding of how the climate system works, including radiation, energy balance, climate feedbacks and impacts of anthopogenic emissions. A major theme of the course is how weather and climate are fundamentally different. Demonstrations from the Little Shop of Physics are used to illustrate many of the basic concepts important for the climate.
This survey class covers the basics of weather and climate in more detail than ATS150, but still only requires basic algebra so derivations are minimal. There is a heavy focus on midlatitude weather and basic atmospheric physics. I ran one of the lab sections, which included a weekly lecture and homework assignment.