2-1: Climate System and Climate Predictability

Importance of this Unit to the Course

Because the earth's climate can be described, in an abstract sense, by mathematical equations, we can get some indication of the properties of future climates by examining the properties of these equations. We find that these equations are the same ones that describe chaotic behavior in physical systems, which provides motivation to look at past records (unit on paleoclimate) for evidence of chaos in past climates.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review; images only.)
  2. Take the Quiz
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

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:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading