The Climate Dynamics Course

In the Climate Dynamics course I hope to bring you close to the forefront of current knowledge in climate dynamics, and ideally to inspire you to ask interesting questions on your own. Beyond this ideal, I hope to provide you with a solid basis for appreciating the stability of Earth's climate, and how and why we think it has, and is, changing. You will learn about forcing, feedback mechanisms and climate sensitivity, about the timescales involved in the climate system, and I will have a special focus on instrumental record warming. 

The course is theoretical in the sense that we will be working with abstraction: simple models that explain some aspect of the system in a distilled way, either ignoring a number of factors or condensing them into simpler formulations. We will work both analytically and with simple computational models. 

Information and approximate schedule

Course notes:

Python primer

Simple Mixed-layer model

Two-layer model as a Python function

Two-layer model set up to run historical case

MPI-ESM1.2 simulations with abrupt CO2 forcing