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
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.
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
AOS 1 Climate Change: from Puzzles to Policy
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.