Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling (ENVI11002)
Course Outline
School  School of Geosciences 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  The aim of the course is to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to three dimensional climate modelling. This will allow students to have an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of climate models and for some to subsequently carry out projects which make use of climate models.
The course is structured as a set of guided readings of the text book 'An Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling, 2nd Edition' by Washington and Parker.
Students will be expected to read selected parts of the text and come to the class to discuss areas where they are uncertain. The lecture will aim to clarify areas where the class are uncertain and provide guidance and structure for the next set of readings.

Course description 
5 Sessions (Block 1 & 2):
The numbers refer to sections & subsections in 'An Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling'
Session 1: Introduction.
 Course aims.
 Climate System  land and Ocean. (section 2.1, 2.2, 2.4.12.4.4)
Session 2: Equations of motion for the Atmosphere & the Oceans  also with help from Vallis book. (Students who have not studied Atmospheric Dynamics would find this session hard)
 Governing Equations for the Atmosphere sections 3.13.3 (pp 4969)
 Governing equations for the Ocean (3.8.1 & 3.8.33.8.4)
Session 3: Numerical solutions & the need for parameterisation
 Gridpoint methods (Sections 4.1 & 4.2)
 SemiLagrangian methods for advection. (4.7)
 Spectral Methods (4.4 & 4.5)
Session 4: Parameterisation
 Radiation () (3.6.13.6.5)
 Clouds (3.6.6.3.6.9)
 Ocean Eddies (3.8.4)
Session 5: Using Climate Models.
 Sensitivity to Initial Conditions
 Simulations of Present Climate (5.1, 5.2, 5.5)
 Using Models to understand possible future climates (6.6 & 6.10)
The course will be run as a set of guiding readings largely of parts of the textbook "Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling" by Washington and Parkinson + other books. There will be one 1hour seminar/week for 5 weeks. The aim of the seminars will be for the students to demonstrate they have understood the previous week's readings and to be given guidance for readings for the following week.
Each session (50 mins) would consist of a discussion about previous set readings (30 mins) where students would raise issues that they did not understand while academic would try to clarify those issues. The remaining 20 mins would be used to set out key ideas in next set of readings. Students would be expected to spend 9 hours/week working through readings; doing problems etc.
The course functions on the assumption that level 11 students are mature enough to be selflearners. So students will be expected, perhaps with some guidance, to seek out additional material and read some literature.
To supplement the theoretical study practical training in how to run the unified model (or other models). (Two half day labs to be arranged in weeks 46 as appropriate). Two subsequent sessions (also two half day labs) will give the students practical training in how to analyse the Unified Model  a climate model (or other models as time develops). Section numbers below refer to Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling.

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
76 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
50 %,
Coursework
50 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
The exam will be two questions out of three. Two of the questions will be theoretical where the students can demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical concepts in the course and a third essay based one where students can demonstrate their understanding of how to use climate models and some broader reading.
The course work is a group exercise which will be assessed using a similar marking scheme to project work. Students are expected to keep a diary and individual students can receive more or less marks based on their contribution to the report.

Feedback 
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Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)  Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling  1:30  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Have a theoretical understanding of the principals underlying three dimensional climate models
 Have a theoretical understanding of how climate models work
 Have a practical understanding of how to run a climate model
 Have a practical understanding of how to analyse climate model output

Reading List
'An Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling, 2nd Edition' by Washington and Parker 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
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Additional Class Delivery Information 
1 onehour session per week. 
Keywords  Climate Modelling 
Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Simon Tett
Tel: (0131 6)50 5341
Email: Simon.Tett@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
Email: Eilein.Fraser@ed.ac.uk 

