Course date: TBC
Course open to: All years
Location : University of Bristol
Course fee for students not funded through the DTP: £50
Registration deadline: TBC
Objective: The course aims to foster a critical appreciation of the nature and limitations of climate and Earth system modelling in understanding and predicting global change. It will provide a chance to explore some of the primary dynamics of the Earth’s climate system as well as of global carbon and biogeochemical cycles.
Specifically, students will experiment with and explore: climate ice-albedo feedbacks and ‘tipping points’, ocean circulation and heat transport, fossil fuel CO2 emissions and ocean acidification, and key controls on ocean carbon cycling and hence atmospheric pCO2. Students will also learn new computer skills and gain experience with data analysis and visualization software and techniques.
Composition : A two day practical course.
|Day 1– Earth system modelling for ‘newbies’||Day 2 – Getting your hands dirty with carbon|
Course and methodology overview
Accessing the computing cluster; installing and compiling cGENIE; directory structure (‘where everything is’).
Setting up experiments: configuration files and setting parameter values.
Exploring Earth system dynamics
‘Snowball Earth’ and climate feedback.
Poking the climate beast’ [Broecker, 1998]:
Applying perturbations and tracing ocean circulation.
Poking the carbon cycle