11:670:461 Climate Dynamics

Prerequisites: 11:670:324 DYNAMICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE and 11:670:431 PHYSICAL METEOROLOGY

Required Text:

Goosse, H., P.Y. Barriat, W. Lefebvre, M.F. Loutre, and V. Zunz, 2010:  Introduction to climate dynamics and climate modelling.  Online textbook available at http://www.climate.be/textbook

Download pdf of the text here.

or buy the updated text:

Goosse, Hugues, 2015: Climate System Dynamics and Modelling, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK), 378 pp.

Reference Texts:


The Copenhagen Diagnosis

Other climate textbooks:

Hartmann, Dennis L., 2016: Global Physical Climatology, 2nd Edition (Elsevier, Amsterdam), 498 pp.
       Home page for Physical Climatology at the University of Washington, taught by Prof. Hartmann using this book.

Pierrehumbert, Raymond T., 2010:  Principles of Planetary Climate, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK), 680 pp.

Neelin, J. David, 2011:  Climate change and climate modeling, (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge), 282 pp.

Archer, David, and Raymond Pierrehumbert (Editors), 2011:  The Warming Papers, The Scientific Foundation for the Climate Change Forecast, (Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK), 419 pp.

Peixoto, José P., and Abraham H. Oort, 1992: Physics of Climate, (American Institute of Physics, New York), 520 pp.

Trenberth, Kevin E., Ed., 1992: Climate System Modeling, (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge), 788 pp.

For links to other important global warming source material, visit the US Global Change Research Program web page, http://www.globalchange.gov/

Learning Goals:

Upon completion of this class, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of anthropogenic impacts on atmospheric chemistry and climate and their potential environmental and societal consequences.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking when confronting new information.
  3. Communicate clearly orally and in writing, including by electronic means.
  4. Apply the mathematical and physical foundations of meteorology and climatology to solve problems using analytical and computational methods.


Professor Alan Robock
Room 225, Environmental and Natural Resources Building
Phone: 848-932-5751, E-mail: robock@envsci.rutgers.edu

Classes in Room 223, Environmental and Natural Resources Building
Monday and Thursday, 12:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.





Sept. 5


IPCC WG I Summary for Policymakers

Sept. 9

Climate System - Atmosphere


Sept. 12

Climate System - Ocean


Sept. 16

Climate System - Ice and Land


Sept. 19

Climate Variability, El Niño, ENSO, QBO, AO

G5, Hansen et al. (2010), McPhaden et al. (2006), McPhaden (2015)

Sept. 23

IPCC, Reconstructing Past Climates

G5, NAS report, IPCC, Vinnikov et al. (2002), Vinnikov et al. (2004)

Sept. 26

IPCC, Reconstructing Past Climates

G5, NAS report, IPCC, Vinnikov et al. (2002), Vinnikov et al. (2004)

Sept. 30

Energy Balance  Term Paper Topic Due


Oct. 3

Energy Balance


Oct. 7


Reanayses 'R' Us, https://reanalyses.org/

Oct. 10

Exam 1 


Oct. 14

Water and Carbon Cycles

G2, Oki and Kanae (2006), Robock et al. (2000), Robock et al. (2003a)

Oct. 17

Water and Carbon Cycles


Oct. 21

Climate Modeling


Oct. 24

Radiative Forcing, Climate Feedbacks 


Oct. 28 Long-range Weather Forecasting see handouts
Oct. 31 Future Climate Scenarios, Global Warming  Term Paper Outline Due G6, AR5 WG I Technical Summary

Nov. 4

Global Warming


Nov. 7

Climate Intervention (also called Climate Engineering or Geoengineering)

Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering

Nov. 11

Climate Intervention (also called Climate Engineering or Geoengineering)

Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering

Nov. 14

Policy Debate

AR5 WGII, Poland Coal, Carbon Offsets, Exxon report, Exxon knew

Nov. 18

Volcanic Eruptions and Climate 

Robock (2000)

Nov. 21

Volcanic Eruptions and Climate 


Nov. 25

Nuclear Winter


Nov. 26  TUESDAY

Ozone Hole  Term Paper Due

Montreal Protocol, YouTube



Dec. 2

Term Paper Presentations


Dec. 5

Term Paper Presentations  
Dec. 17, 8 am - 11 am Final Exam  

*G = Chapter in Goosse

Course grade will be determined by:



Term paper

    25% (paper 15%, oral 10%)



Final exam




Prepared by Alan Robock (robock@envsci.rutgers.edu) - Last updated on November 8, 2019