These pages describe courses taught at UCLA by Prof. Alex Hall. Below are courses taught during the current academic year. Descriptions of past courses on topics such as Arctic climate change, mesoscale climate dynamics, and climate sensitivity are also available.

2016-2017 Academic Year

AOS 200B Introduction to the Dynamics of the Earth System

Lecture and discussion, 4 units. Fall quarter 2016. Overview of general circulation of atmosphere and ocean; global energy balances; coupled circulations (such as El Nino); mesoscale, synoptic, and tropical phenomena; boundary layers, clouds, and convection; biogeochemical cycles; climate variability and change. Letter grading.
Mon/Wed 1:00PM-2:20PM
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AOS 51 Fundamentals of Climate Science

Lecture and discussion, 4 units. Winter quarter 2017. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: Mathematics 3B or 32A, Physics 1B or 6B, with grades of C or better. Development of fundamental understanding of climate science. Topics include global energy balance, atmospheric radiation and greenhouse effect, surface and boundary layer dynamics, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, global hydrologic cycle, modes of climate sensitivity, climate modeling, and climate change. P/NP or letter grading.
Mon/Wed 9:30AM-10:50AM

AOS 1 Climate Change: from Puzzles to Policy

Lecture and discussion, 4 units. Special laboratory option 1L, 1 unit.  Spring quarter 2017. Overview of the fundamentals of earth's climate, including the greenhouse effect, water and chemical cycles, outstanding features of the atmospheric and ocean circulation, and feedbacks between different system components. Exciting and contentious scientific puzzles of the climate system, including the causes of the ice ages, greenhouse warming, and El Nino/La Nina. The importance of climate science and prediction to society, with emphasis on science's role in identifying, quantifying, and solving environmental problems such as the ozone hole and greenhouse warming. Letter grading.
Time TBD

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