Physics of Climate

Romps Group at the University of California, Berkeley

EPS 290, Topics in Atmospheric Dynamics, Spring 2018


This course covers current and classic papers in atmospheric dynamics with an eye towards aiding students involved in graduate-level research projects.

Wednesdays at 9:30
377 McCone Hall


1/17, with guest Robin Wordsworth
  • Wordsworth et al., Transient reducing greenhouse warming on early Mars, GRL, 2017
1/31, David leads
  • Abatzoglou et al., Controls on interannual variability in lightning-caused fire activity in the western US, ERL, 2016
2/14, Seeley leads
  • Thompson et al., Thermodynamic constraint on the depth of the global tropospheric circulation, PNAS, 2017
2/21, David leads
  • Fan et al., Substantial convection and precipitation enhancements by ultrafine aerosol particles, Science, 2018
2/28, Alex leads
  • Thornton et al., Lightning enhancement over major oceanic shipping lanes, GRL, 2017
3/7, David leads
  • Finney et al., A projected decrease in lightning under climate change, Nature CC, 2018
3/14, David leads
  • Agard and Emanuel, Clausius-Clapeyron scaling of peak CAPE in continental convective storm environments, JAS, 2017
4/11, David leads
  • Korolev and Mazin, Supersaturation of water vapor in clouds, JAS, 2003
4/25, with guest Lorenzo Polvani
  • Banerjee, Polvani, and Fyfe, The United States "warming hole": Quantifying the forced aerosol response given large internal variability, GRL, 2017
5/2, Rusen leads
  • Jacobson et al., Low-cost solution to the grid reliability problem with 100% penetration of intermittent wind, water, and solar for all purposes, PNAS, 2015
5/9, David leads
  • Clack et al., Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar, PNAS, 2017 and Jacobson et al., The United States can keep the grid stable at low cost with 100% clean, renewable energy in all sectors despite inaccurate claims, PNAS, 2017