GEOG 8901, Interesting Topics in Climate and Climate
Fall Semester 2012, 3 credits, call number: 10618
Monday 5:20 PM - 7:30 PM, Derby Hall, Rm. 0140
Instructor: Prof. Jialin Lin
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Office: 1105 Derby Hall
Office Hours: Wednesday 2PM-3PM, or by appointment
Textbook: No textbook. We’ll read a series of new review papers.
The purpose of this course is to help the students to get a wide background knowledge of
the current hot topics in climate and climate change research, exchange information about
their own research for possible collaborations right now and in the future, and improve
their skills of synthesis and scientific presentation. We will read together a series of
review papers on the hot topics such as global warming vs natural variability, global
multi-decadal oscillation, rapid intensification of hurricanes, melting of Arctic sea ice and
Greenland ice sheet, melting of tropical glaciers, remote sensing of land cover change.
The objectives of the course will be accomplished through the in-class discussions and
presentations. Determination of your grade will be as follows:
In-class presentation 50%
Attendance and active participation 50%
The grading scale is as follows: 100-93% A, 92-90% A-, 89-87% B+, 86-83% B, 82-80%
B-, 79-77% C+, 76-73% C, 72-70% C-, 69-67% D+, 66-63% D, 62-60% D-, 59% and
Academic Misconduct It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic
Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported
cases of student academic misconduct. The term “academic misconduct” includes all
forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not
limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations.
Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee
(Faculty Rule 3335-5-487). For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct
Disability Services Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for
Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor
as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150
Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901;
Cell Phones Like on airplanes, interfere with navigation of the course, therefore, cell
phones and pagers must be turned OFF during class as they interfere with the navigation
of the course.
Final Exam: There will be no final exam.
The schedule may change, probably only slightly, as the class evolves. Instructor will
alert students if/when schedule changes.
Course Schedule (see course web page http://lightning.sbs.ohio-