The Atmosphere, the Ocean, and Environmental Change

Course Description

This course explores the physical processes that control Earth's atmosphere, ocean, and climate. Quantitative methods for constructing mass and energy budgets. Topics include clouds, rain, severe storms, regional climate, the ozone layer, air pollution, ocean currents and productivity, the seasons, El Niño, the history of Earth's climate, global warming, energy, and water resources.

The Atmosphere, the Ocean, and Environmental Change
About Professor Ronald B. Smith

Ronald B. Smith is the Damon Wells Professor of Geology & Geophysics, and specializes in atmospheric dynamics and physics, regional climate, and remote sensing.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Princeton University and his PhD in geophysics from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and received the Society’s Jule G. Charney Award in 2011.
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

Visit the official course website for more study materials:

# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Introduction to Atmospheres Play Video
2 Retaining an Atmosphere Play Video
3 The Perfect Gas Law Play Video
4 Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere; Residence Time Play Video
5 Earth Systems Analysis (Tank Experiment) Play Video
6 Greenhouse Effect, Habitability Play Video
7 Hydrostatic Balance Play Video
8 Horizontal Transport Play Video
9 Water in the Atmosphere I Play Video
10 Water in the Atmosphere II Play Video
11 Clouds and Precipitation (Cloud Chamber Experiment) Play Video
12 Circulation of the Atmosphere (Exam I review) Play Video
13 Global Climate and the Coriolis Force Play Video
14 Coriolis Force and Storms Play Video
15 Convective Storms Play Video
16 Frontal Cyclones Play Video
17 Seasons and Climate Play Video
18 Seasons and Climate Classification Play Video
19 Ocean Bathymetry and Water Properties Play Video
19 Ocean Bathymetry and Water Properties Play Video
20 Ocean Water Density and Atmospheric Forcing Play Video
21 Ocean Currents Play Video
22 Ocean Currents and Productivity Play Video
23 El Niño Play Video
24 Ice in the Climate System Play Video
25 Ice and Climate Change Play Video
26 Isotope Evidence for Climate Change Play Video
27 Global Warming Play Video
28 Global Warming II Play Video
29 Global Warming III Play Video
30 Climate Sensitivity and Human Population Play Video
31 The Two Ozone Problems Play Video
32 The Ozone Layer Play Video
33 Energy Resources, Renewable Energy Play Video
34 Renewable Energy Play Video
35 Review and Overview Play Video
36 Lab - Quinnipiac River Field Trip Play Video


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