Course Outline Geography Winter Instructor Danny Blair climateguy gmail
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Course Outline Geography 23.3204/3-001, Winter 2006 Instructor: Danny Blair (5L05, 786-9236) email@example.com http://dannyblair.uwinnipeg.ca Lectures: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:00 – 2:15 pm, Room 4CM13 Textbook: Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (3rd ed.), John Houghton Additional required readings will be provided. Course Description: The causes and characteristics of regional and global climate change and variability will be examined, as will be the methods of reconstructing climate histories. Emphasis will be placed on the North American experience. Topics will include atmospheric teleconnections (e.g., El Niño and La Niña), global warming and climate forecasting. Course Objectives: To familiarize students with the means by which climates change and vary over a wide variety of time scales. The evidence for climate change will be evaluated, as will the evidence for ongoing climate change related to human activity. Topics and Readings: • The first three weeks, or so, of the course will deal with climate variability, especially that related to teleconnections and that which provides context for the rest of the course dealing with climate change. Most of the course will be used to discuss the evidence for anthropogenic climate change (global warming), and to discuss the mitigation and adaptation strategies in place or planned to deal with the problem. The Canadian situation will be highlighted as appropriate. • Readings from the textbook will be assigned on a regular basis. • The instructor will also be providing the class with journal articles, reports and web links via WebCT, the course web page and burned CDs. • Students are expected to keep up with the readings, so that they may participate in class discussions. • Students will be responsible for all assigned readings (i.e., for exams), unless otherwise instructed. Very briefly, the topics that will be covered to some extent include: • Climate variability vs climate change • The role of teleconnections • Climates of the past • Reconstructing climates • The global warming process • The politics of global warming • Climate modeling • The nature of uncertainty • Mitigation and adaptation Grading: Short Paper on Climate Variability (Assigned Jan. 19; Due Feb. 9) 10% Midterm Exam (Feb. 23) 20% Larger Paper on Climate Change (Assigned Feb. 9; Due Mar. 30) 30% Final Exam (Apr. 18, 9:00 am) 40% Final letter grades will be assigned on the basis of accumulated scores from the writing assignments, midterm test, and final exam. If you miss a test or an assignment deadline you must provide proof of illness or exceptional circumstances or you will be assigned a score of zero on that component. Detailed explanations of the writing assignments will be provided when they are assigned. Late assignments will be penalized at the rate of 10% per day. Important Dates: Winter Term Lectures Begin: Tuesday January 3 Climate Variability Paper Assigned: Thursday January 19 Climate Variability Paper Due: Thursday February 9 Climate Change Paper Assigned: Thursday February 9 Reading Week (no classes): February 13-17 Midterm Exam February 23 Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty: Friday March 3 Last Day of Lectures for this Course: Thursday March 30 Climate Change Paper Due: Thursday March 30 Winter Term Lectures End: Monday April 3 Final Exam (9 am, 2 hours): Tuesday April 18 Services for Students with Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities requiring academic accommodations for tests/exams (e.g., private space) or during lectures/laboratories (e.g., access to volunteer note-takers) are encouraged to contact Jess Roebuck, Coordinator of Disability Services (DS) at 786-9771 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss appropriate options. Specific information about DS is available on-line at http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/services-disability. All information about disability is confidential. Senate Regulations: Students are expected to conduct themselves according to the standards and regulations set out by the University of Winnipeg. The University Senate draws your particular attention to the following regulations published in the 2005-2006 General Calendar: Grading (Regulation VII-3); Student Discipline (Regulation VII-7a Academic Misconduct & VII-7b Non- Academic Misconduct); Appeals (Regulation VII-8 & VII-9). The Instructor retains the right to make changes to the above course structure and procedures as circumstances require.