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Climate Science

Developing more accurate atmospheric modeling techniques to forecast climate change

Climate science at AOSS is rapidly growing and covers a broad range of topics, including: global and regional climate modeling for present-day and future climate scenarios, the development of new dynamical cores and adaptive grids, the integration of satellite products into climate models, the improvement of physical processes in climate models, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, ice-atmosphere interactions, and chemistry-climate interactions. High performance computing facilities are available to faculty and students to facilitate this research. We have a number of cross-campus projects that integrate climate modeling with other fields, including public health, business, geology, ecology, and public policy.

The ESSE Climate Science concentration prepares you for skilled positions in the modeling and “value added” industries that increasingly provide the water resource, agricultural, seasonal recreation and transportation industries with near-term climate analyses and predictions. Positions in government agencies that serve to make policy or federal laboratories that do climate research are open to you and you'll also be prepared for graduate studies involving the technologies that enable weather and climate prediction.

Climate Science Concentration Advisor:

Professor Christiane Jablonowski
1541B SRB
cjablono@umich.edu
(734)763-6238


Sample Climate Science Concentration Schedule

Sample schedule PDF file
Credit Hours
Semester
   
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Subjects required by all programs
55
               
Math 115, 116, 215, 216
16
4
4
4
4
-
-
-
-
ENG 100 Intro to Engr 4 4              
ENG 101 Intro to Computers 4 - 4 - - - - - -
Chemistry 125/126 and 130 or Chemistry 210/211
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Physics 140/141, 240/241
10
-
5  5 - -
- -
-
Humanities and Social Sciences
16
3
3
3
4
3
-
-
-
Required Core Courses
28
               
AOSS 320 Earth System Evolution
4
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
AOSS 321 Earth System Dynamics
4
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
AOSS 323 Earth System Analysis
4
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
AOSS 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics (Note 1)
4
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
AOSS 370 Solar-Terrestrial Relations
4
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
AOSS 380 Introduction to Radiative Transfer
4
-
-
-
-
4
 
-
-
AOSS 410 Earth System Modeling 4 -
- - -
-
- 4 -
Climate Science Concentration Requirements 45
               
AOSS 411 Cloud and Precipitation Processes
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
AOSS 467 Biogeochemical Cycles
3
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
Climate Science Experiential
(1 course from approved list) (See below)
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
Climate Components
(3 courses from approved list) (See below)

12 -
-
-
-
-
 4  4  4
Technical Electives
(Concentration Courses + Technical Electives ≥ 34 SCH)

12
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
8
Unrestricted Electives (at least 11 hours)
11
-
-
-
-
-
5
6
-
TOTAL
128
16
16
16
16
15
16
17
16

Note 1: Alternatives: MECHENG 235 Thermodynamics or CHE 330 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.

Approved Climate Science Experiential Courses
AOSS 441 Meteorology and Climate of the Rockies (3)
AOSS 462 Instrumentation for Atmos. and Space Sci. (4)
AOSS 475 Earth System Interactions (4)
ENGR 450 Multidisciplinary Design (4)
GEOSCI 341 Ecosystem Science in the Rockies (5)
GEOSCI 344 Sustainable and Fossil Energy (3)

Approved Climate Science Components Courses
AOSS 401 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (4)
AOSS 422 Boundary Layer Meteorology (3)
AOSS 451 Atmospheric Dynamics I (4)
AOSS 476 Ocean Dynamics and Climate (4)
     or AOSS 420 Environmental Ocean Dynamics (4)
     or GEOSCI 421 Principles of Physical Oceanography (3)
AOSS 475 Earth System Interactions (4)
GEOSCI 452 Paleoceanography (3)
    or GEOSCI 446 Paleoclimatology (3)

Please Note:  Courses are subject to change. Please consult with your advisor.