ESE 50. The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate, and Environment


  • Professor: Ann Pearson; Marianna Linz
  • Term: Fall
  • Day: T, Th
  • Time: 1:30-2:45PM
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 218887
  • Subject Area: Environmental Science and Engineering

This course introduces students to the fluid Earth, emphasizing Earth's weather and climate, the carbon cycle, and global environmental change. The physical concepts necessary for understanding the structure, motion and energy balance of the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere are covered first, and then these concepts are applied in exploring major earth processes. Examples from Earth's past history, on-going changes in the climate, and implications for the future are highlighted.


Course includes lectures twice a week, a one hour section, and lab. ESE 50 is also offered as EPS 50. Students may not take both for credit. This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Atmosphere(s) and Oceans.

Jointly Offered with:

Faculty of Arts & Sciences as E-PSCI 50