Astro 7: Planetary Climate Science - Spr '19 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

Jan 29
* 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 5
* 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 9 last day to drop a class w/o a "W"

Feb 12
* K8 (52) - Basics of Planetary Atmospheres and their Formation
* Ch 11 (128) - The Atmospheres of the Jovian Planets and moons, and Pluto

Feb 19
* 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 26
* K32 (33) - Present Structure of Earth's Atmosphere
* K31 (69) - Paleoclimate - Earth's Early Atmosphere and its Evolution, Ice Ages

Tue Feb 26: 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 5
* 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 10: Atmospheres of Mercury, Venus, and Mars, Ch 11,12: Outer Planets, Ch13: Exoplanets

Mar 12

* 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

Mar 15 Fri 3:30pm - Extra Credit, climate rally supporting Children's Global Climate Strike

Mar 19
* 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 26 - Spring Break, no class

Apr 2
* K37 (35) - Climate Forcing and Time Scales
* K38a (68) - Current Climate Change: Global Temperatures
* K38b (84) - Current Climate Change: Ice

Apr 9
* K38b (82) - Current Climate Change: Ice (finish)
* K38c (24) - Current Climate Change: Sea level rise
* K38d (76) - Current Climate Change: Other Aspects

Apr 11 - Extra Credit opportunity: UCSC Physics colloquium on Energy and Civilization

Apr 16
* 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

Apr 23 (suggested break video: ("Doubt - The Climate Reality Project")
* K40b (148) - Psychopathologies of Climate Denial
* K40 (30) - Tactics of Climate Denialism (show 3:41 video "Big Oil Knew")
* K42 (280) - Climate in the 21st Century and beyond: California, the world

Apr 25 Thur 6:30pm - extra credit! Free film "Paris to Pittsburgh" on climate change action in the U.S., at Erica Schilling Forum Rm 450, with discussion afterwards

Apr 30 (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 4? - 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 7
* K43 (226) - Energy and Civilization - limitations to Strategies (finish)
* K44 (211) - Strategies: Policy Actions

May 14
* K45 (259) - Strategies: Technology
* K46 (96) - Strategies: Geo-Engineering

Thur May 23 1-4pm - Final Exam Week, Class is 3 hrs:
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)