Astro 7: Planetary Climate Science - Spr '18 Lecture Schedule

Classroom: Tue Afternoons 2:45-5:50pm, Room 454 on campus

UCSC: Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics Friday Seminar Schedule

Short videos suitable for the mid-class break

GreenSteps - Cabrillo College Sustainability Calendar of Events

A Play "Silent Stars" at UCSC Winter '18 for Extra-Credit Attendence: Ask me!

Jan 30
* Intro to class, (37), Syllabus
* Science and Clear Thinking - Chapter 0 (130) and Essay "On Teaching" (17)
* Read also textbook Chapter 1 "The Science of Astronomy"

Feb 6
* Science and Clear Thinking - Chapter 0 (130) and Essay "On Teaching" (17) (finish up)
* Ch 5 (60) - The Nature of Light, Atoms, Molecules and How they Interact
* K20 (21) - Heat and the 3 Heat Transfer Mechanisms

Sat Feb 10 last day to drop a class w/o a "W"

Feb 13
* K8 (52) - Basics of Planetary Atmospheres and their Formation
* Ch 11 (128) - The Atmospheres of the Jovian Planets and moons

Feb 20
* Ch 10 (74) - The Atmospheric Evolution of Mercury, Venus, and Mars
* Ch 13 (62) - Exoplanets - Other Planets around Other Stars
Quiz #1: Chapter 0, On Teaching, Ch 5 - Light, Atoms

Feb 27
* K32 (33) - Present Structure of Earth's Atmosphere
* K31 (69) - Paleoclimate - Earth's Early Atmosphere and its Evolution, Ice Ages

Tue Feb 27: 6:40-7:30pm at Cabrillo Observatory: Our Extra Credit Star Party opportunity. Stay the hour and get 1% added to your grade. Click link and see the map of how to get there.

Mar 1 Thur 6;30pm- Extra Credit opportunity "Astronomy on Tap" at the New Bohemia Brewery

Mar 6
* K31 (69) - Paleoclimate - Earth's Early Atmosphere and its Evolution, Ice Ages (finish)
* K33 (22) - The Carbon Cycle: How Carbon moves through the Earth System
Quiz #2 - K20: Heat transfer, Ch 11: Atmospheres of Mercury, Venus, and Mars, Ch 10: Outer Planets, Ch13: Exoplanets

Mar 13

* K33 (25) - The Carbon Cycle: How Carbon moves through the Earth System (finish up)
* K34 (38) - Climate Modelling. Key drivers, equations, computer techniques, positive vs. negative feedbacks, modelling using data fitting,
* 44 min Video "Birth of the Earth" (preview on YouTube, if you can find a live link) followed by video quiz

Tue Mar 13 7-9pm "Best of Laser", at Museum of Art on Front St., UCSC artists and ecology scientists together, see flyer - extra credit if you go!

Mar 20
* K35 (62) - Clouds and Aerosols, the Complex Way They Influence Earth Climate
* K36 (53)- The Ocean / Atmosphere Connection
Quiz #3 - K31:Earth Paleoclimate, K32: Structure of Our Atmosphere, K33: Carbon Cycles

Mar 27 - Spring Break, no class
Mar 28 Wed eve 5:45pm - "Chasing Coral" at the Santa Cruz Sanctuary Museum. (across from Dream Inn).- extra-credit for students

Apr 3
* K37 (35) - Climate Forcing and Time Scales
* K38a (68) - Current Climate Change: Global Temperatures
* K38b (84) - Current Climate Change: Ice

Apr 6-8: "Contact" conference (ET!)in Sunnyvale, put on by Cabrillo's Jim Funaro and SETI - extra credit opp.

Apr 10
* K38b (82) - Current Climate Change: Ice (finish)
* K38c (24) - Current Climate Change: Sea level rise
* K38d (76) - Current Climate Change: Other Aspects

Apr 17
* K38e (16) - Deforestation
* K38f (20) - Brief History of Our Understanding of Human-Caused Climate Change
* K39 (40) - The Key Evidence Climate Change is Real and Human-Caused
Quiz #4: K34:Climate Modelling, K35:Clouds & Aerosols, K36:Ocean/Atmosphere Connection, K37 Climate Forcing

Wed Apr 18: Extra-Credit - "Earth Night" sponsored by UCSC, at The Inn at Pasatiempo 6:30-8:30pm - on Artificial Light Pollution and the Sky, free for students

Thur Apr 19: Extra-Credit lecture "Our Climate Dilemma: The Political/Economic Agenda vs. the Straight Science" - Richard Nolthenius. 6-8pm at Studio 107 at Tannery Arts Center, bring a snack for this pot-luck!

Apr 24 (suggested break video: ("Doubt - The Climate Reality Project")
* K40b (148) - Psychopathologies of Climate Denial
* K40 (30) - Tactics of Climate Denialism
* K42 (280) - Climate in the 21st Century and beyond: California, the world

Wed Apr 25: 7:30pm at The Crepe Place back patio WiSE talk on "Climate Adaptation in Santa Cruz" extra-credit for my students

May 1 (suggested break video: Veratasium - 13 Climate Denial Myths Debunked in under 7 minutes
* K43 (226) - Energy and Civilization - limitations to Strategies
Quiz #5 - K38: Current Global Warming, K40, K40b:Denialism, K41 Debunking Denialist Claims

May 5 - Annual Spring Coastal CleanUp, sponsored by the Oceanography Dept at Cabrillo. Extra Credit; take some selfies as you work, sign their roster. 9am at the Library on East Cliff

May 8
* K43 (226) - Energy and Civilization - limitations to Strategies (finish)
* K44 (211) - Strategies: Policy Actions

Tue May 15- Thur May 18 - extra credit, the "Right Livlihood Awards Conference speakers, at UCSC Kresge College - Bill McKibbin, many others, in Santa Cruz! Join the event, take selfies and pics, write up a page on what you learned. Submit for Extra Credit. I'll probably be at the Thur event and perhaps Wed afternoon, between other committments. See Details

May 15
* K45 (259) - Strategies: Technology
* K46 (96) - Strategies: Geo-Engineering

Thur May 24 - Final Exam Week, Class is 3 hrs: 1-4pm
Quiz #6: K42:21st Century Climate and beyond, K43, K44, K45, K46: Strategies and Limitations.
and Final Exam (50 mult choice questions, comprehensive of entire course - just a long quiz)