Graduate Courses

  • EAS6122
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    A multi-disciplinary exploration of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes that cycle the nutrient elements through the Earth system and thereby maintain a habitable planet.

  • EAS6130
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    Description pending.

  • EAS6136
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
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    This course will explore the history of the Earth's climate, covering methods for reconstructing past climate and the mechanisms behind these climate changes.

  • EAS6140
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    Description pending.

  • EAS6145
    Credits:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Research Topics: Remote Sensing

    This course provides a foundation for understanding the physical principles of remote sensing of the atmosphere and oceans. The course is designed as a collection of lectures and computer modeling laboratories. The lectures focus on the fundamentals of the interactions between electromagnetic radiation and atmospheric gases, aerosols and clouds, and ocean surfaces, covering the spectrum from the ultraviolet through the microwave. The labs provide hands-on experience in using remote sensing data for various applications in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Topics to be covered include aerosol and cloud property retrievals, ozone and air pollution characterization, vertical temperature and humidity profile retrievals, sea ice characterization, and retrievals of ocean color and sea surface temperature. The main goal of the course is to provide a broad conceptual framework for physical understanding the methodology and applications of remote sensing.

  • EAS6211
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Research Topics: Biogeochemistry

    Fundamental principles of chemical equilibria in geochemical systems with emphasis on solution properties and mineral water equilibria.

  • EAS6212
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 6211
    Research Topics: Biogeochemistry

    Fundamental principles of biogeochemical kinetics and mathematical treatment of coupled transport and reaction in natural environments. Interpretation of field and experimental data using kinetic theory.

  • EAS6214
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 6211
    Research Topics: Biogeochemistry

    Chemical processes that regulate compositions of natural waters at or near the Earth's surface, with emphasis on quantitative calculations of acid-base, solubility, and redox equilibria.

  • EAS6216
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
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    Research Topics: Biogeochemistry, Paleoclimate

    Biogeochemical significance of nuclear isotopes, both radioactive and stable.

  • EAS6312
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
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    Research Topics: Geophysics

    This course is a quantitative discussion of the physical properties of earth materials and dynamic processes in the solid Earth. We will closely follow Geodynamics by Turcotte & Schubert, in covering topics in stress and strain, elasticity and texure, heat transfer, gravity, fluid mechanics, rock rheology, and crustal faulting as mechanisms and consequences of plate tectonics.

  • EAS6331
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
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    Research Topics: Geophysics

    Volcanic eruptions are the surface expression of the transfer of mass and volatiles from the deep interior of the planet. Violent eruptions rapidly transform the landscape and impact the atmosphere on short timescales, and the integrated history of magmatism has played a central role in the production of the crust and the degassing history of the planet. The fluid dynamics of volcanoes span a vast array of phenomena from viscous magma flows to turbulent, multiphase eruptions. This course will trace the path of magmas from their ultimate source in the mantle, storage and evolution in the crust, through eruption at the surface where they interact with the landscape and atmosphere.

  • EAS6360
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
    Research Topics: Space & Planetary Science

    This course will explore the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere using a combination spacecraft observations and fundamental plasma physics. Credit not allowed for both EAS 4360 and EAS 6360.

  • EAS6410
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:

    Application of fundamental principles of chemistry to understanding the critical factors controlling the levels and distributions of atmospheric trace gases and their variation in time.

  • EAS6430
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    2.00

    Presents experimental and field methods through a focus on measurements of atmospheric gases and particulates associated with poor air quality. Experiments will involve laboratory measurements and an air quality field experiment on the order of 1-week duration.

  • EAS6490
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Syllabus:
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    Research Topics: Paleoclimate

    This course is an advanced introduction to environmental data analysis and intended for first year graduate students. The goal of this class is to provide a deeper understanding of the theories and applications underlying the statistical analysis of environmental data, both in the space, time and spectral domain, and to provide the students with a hands-on experience. Ideally in the end of this class you will have developed a series of computer programming tool boxes and theoretical skills that should immediately be available for analyzing and modeling data in your own research. Although some preview knowledge of probability and statistics is required, a background review will be provided. Concepts and notation will be reintroduced as needed. In this class you will learn (a) how to combine models, which quantify statistical or dynamical relationships with observations (b) time series analysis, (c) forecasting and extrapolation, and (d) signal decomposition.

  • EAS6502
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    0.00
    Syllabus:

    An introduction to the fundamental concepts underlying our current understanding of atmospheric fluid dynamics and its relation to mid latitude weather processes. The course includes both a theoretical component and a synoptic meteorology component focusing on meteorological data, observational analyses, large-scale weather systems, mid latitude cyclone development, and numerical weather prediction.

  • EAS6512
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    2.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 6511

    An introduction to the use of geophysical fluid dynamics in describing and modeling the atmosphere.

  • EAS6522
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00

    Ocean-atmosphere interaction in the tropics. The scales will range from local, through regional to global. The emphasis is on physical aspects of interaction and the modeling of these processes. Exercises will be set each week using a variety of models, ranging from one-dimensional mixed layer models to general circulation models.

  • EAS6532
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 4655 or EAS 6502

    An introduction to the phenomenology and dynamics of large-scale atmospheric variations having time scales of a week and longer. Using papers from the recent scientific literature and real-time analyses, we will overview the basic characteristics, underlying physics, and current status of a number of large-scale atmospheric phenomena. Topics will include weather regimes, storm track variability, stratospheric polar vortex variability, El Nino-Southern Oscillation, teleconnections, monsoon circulations, the Arctic and Quasi-Biennial Oscillations, and stratosphere-troposphere coupling. The class format will include reading assignments and student presentations.

  • EAS6765
    Credits:
    3.00
    Lecture:
    3.00
    Prerequisites:
    EAS 3601 and (BIOL 4410 or BIOL 4418)
    Research Topics: Biogeochemistry

    Interactions between microorganisms and the geosphere; microbial energetics and genetics; geochemical controls on microbial diversity and activity; redox and acid-base balances; biogeochemical cycles; evolution. Cross listed with BIOL 6765.

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