The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found on the SIS website.
Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.
Course # (Section)
Geoarchaeology: Applications of Earth Science to Archaeology
TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Harrower, Michael James
Geoarchaeology: Applications of Earth Science to Archaeology AS.131.678 (01)
Geoarchaeology is a multidisciplinary subfield that applies the tools and techniques of earth science to understand ancient humans and their interactions with environments. This course examines basic topics and concepts, including archaeological site formation, paleo-environmental reconstruction, raw materials and resources, soil science, deposition and erosion of wind and water-borne
sediments in different environments such as along rivers, lakes and coastlines, radiocarbon and other chronometric dating methods, and ground-based remote sensing, including ground
Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Instructor: Harrower, Michael James
Room: Gilman 130G
Seats Available: 6/9
TTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
EPS Colloquium AS.270.605 (01)
A weekly seminar series in which graduate students present their latest research results and attend Departmental seminars. This course is required for all graduate students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Instructor: Haine, Thomas
Room: Olin 305
Seats Available: 35/49
Atmosphere and Oceanic Vortices
Atmosphere and Oceanic Vortices AS.270.614 (01)
Vortices are observed in the Earth's atmosphere and oceans and in the atmospheres of other planets. Examples are polar vortices in Earth, Mars and Titan's atmospheres, Spots on Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune, Gulf Stream rings, and eddies throughout the oceans. These vortices are often the most dominant feature of the regional circulation, and understanding their structure and evolution dynamics is necessary to understand the dynamics and transport of atmospheres and oceans. In this course we focus on the structure and dynamics of long-lived vortices, i.e., vortices that exist for longer than typical wave periods. The first section of the course will consist of lectures examining the fundamental dynamics of vortices in rapidly rotating, stratified fluids, while the second section will be seminars discussing more detailed aspects of specific vortices occurring in nature. It is suggested that you have taken 270.425 Earth and Planetary Fluids or another similar introductory fluids class.
Instructor: Waugh, Darryn
Seats Available: 7/10
Inversion Modeling & Data Assimilation
Inversion Modeling & Data Assimilation AS.270.615 (01)
This graduate class will introduce modern inverse modeling and data assimilation techniques. These powerful methods are used in atmospheric science, oceanography, and geophysics and are growing more widespread. Topics will include: singular value decomposition, Green’s function inversions, Kalman filtering, and variational data assimilation. The class will include lectures on concepts and theory, and practical experience in the computer laboratory.
Permission of Instructor Required
Instructor: Haine, Thomas
Seats Available: 16/20
Present and Future Climate
MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Waugh, Darryn, Zaitchik, Benjamin
Present and Future Climate AS.270.641 (01)
Meets with AS.270.378.
Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Instructor: Waugh, Darryn, Zaitchik, Benjamin
Room: Olin 247
Seats Available: 8/14
Seminar in Planetary Science
F 4:00PM - 4:50PM
Seminar in Planetary Science AS.270.662 (01)
Days/Times: F 4:00PM - 4:50PM
Instructor: Horst, Sarah
Room: Olin 145
Seats Available: 15/20
W 4:00PM - 4:50PM
Gomes, Maya L
Geobiology Seminar AS.270.668 (01)
Geobiology is the study of interactions between life and rocks. In this class we will explore how organisms impact sedimentary records both directly, by leaving behind biosignatures, or indirectly, by affecting their surroundings in a way that promotes formation of certain types of minerals. This will serve as a guide for interpreting geological records during the early evolution of life on Earth, the rise of animals, and major mass extinctions.