The Atmosphere, Ocean and Environmental Change (EVST 201; G&G 140)
Physical processes that control Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate. Quantitative methods for constructing energy and water budgets. Topics include clouds, rain, severe storms, regional climate, the ozone layer, air pollution, ocean currents and productivity, the seasons, El Niño, the history of Earth’s climate, global warming, energy, and water resources.
Laboratory for Atmosphere, Ocean and Env. Change (EVST202, G&G141)
Five laboratory exercises are required: Atmospheric measurements, the vertical structure of the atmosphere, the Quinnipiac River, time series analysis, global warming debate.
Atmospheric Waves, Convection, and Vortices (G&G536)
An examination of the fluid dynamics of gravity waves, thermal convection and vortices that relate to important phenomena in the earth’s atmosphere. We cover the theory and numerical modeling of (1) Acoustic Waves, Internal Gravity Waves and Mountain waves; (2)Convection, sea breeze, moist convection and (3) Vortices (Tornados, hurricanes and frontal cyclones).
Observing the Earth from Space (G&G362/562) [co-taught with Xuhui Lee]
This course covers the theory and application of satellite remote sensing as a tool for environmental science. Topics include the fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, reflection and absorption, satellite and sensor technology, map projections, integration of GIS data, and digital image analysis. A significant portion of the course is dedicated to individual student projects. Instructors and YCEO Staff will assist students in designing a research project of their choice that will use the image analysis techniques they learn in the early stages of this course.
Renewable Energy (G&G275) [co-taught with Larry Schwartz]
This course provides an introduction to renewable energy including physical principles, existing and emerging technology and interaction with the environment. Primary subjects are energy demand, transmission and storage, and generation by hydro-electric, wind, solar (PV and CSP) and biofuels. Also discussed are power use efficiency, geothermal, waves and tidal generation, investment strategy, marketplace competition and government policy. Benefits, problems and trade-offs of different schemes are discussed. The course includes field trips to conventional, hydroelectric and wind power facilities in Connecticut.