Importance of this Unit to the Course
Ocean surface temperatures have a significant and slowly varying influence on the atmosphere and hence climate. By knowing more about how, when, and why ocean temperatures go through major changes we can better understand climates of the past and perhaps even gain insight about forecasting some aspects of future climate a season or perhaps even a year in advance.
Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)
Discussion (online / face-to-face)
(See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:
If you were the very first person to know that there would be a record-breaking El Niño beginning in exactly 12 months, what stock market investment decisions would you make today?