[Earth and Planetary Sciences 130. Biogeochemistry of Carbon Dioxide and Methane]

A comprehensive study of the major carbon-containing gases in the atmosphere (CO2 and CH4), emphasizing biogeochemical processes in the oceans, land and atmosphere that regulate their global abundances, plus the human-controlled processes and multiple feedbacks that perturb them. Roles in energy balance, air chemistry and pollution, and stratospheric chemistry will be studied.  The course emphasizes active learning, including hands on data analysis of global, regional, and ecosystem observations and creation of models for understanding the cycles and their responses to a changing environment. Students develop research projects throughout the course, and present them publicly in lieu of a final exam.

Notes: Likely offered Spring 2021. This course includes a weekly two-hour lab or section to be arranged. EPS 130 is also offered as ES 130. Students may not take both for credit. This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Atmosphere(s) and Oceans.

Prerequisites: EPS 22, or EPS 10, or EPS 133, or ES 6.






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