Fall 2006 Climate Seminar: Multi-decadal climate variability
Instructors: Webster, Cobb, Di Lorenzo, Lynch-Stieglitz
Time & Location: ES&T L116; Wednesdays 3-5pm
Who should take this seminar for credit (2 credits): Graduate students with interests in the past, present or future climate on intraseasonal to centennial timescales
Who is welcome to participate: All students, post-docs, faculty and staff who are interested
Scope: We will explore the current understanding of multidecadal variability from paleoclimatic, instrumental, and modelling perspectives, reading literature that focuses on different regions of the world's oceans. One of the main goals of the seminar are to identify the big lingering questions surrounding decadal-scale variability, and to emphasize links between the students' research and the themes/techniques treated in the various papers.
Format: This is a seminar, and the emphasis will be on discussion of the literature. There will also be some background lectures delivered by the faculty. Most weeks there will be two assigned readings, and two graduate students will lead the discussion. By Monday, discussion leaders are responsible for distributing a set of talking points designed to focus the group's reading around several key issues. During Wednesday's class, the discussion leaders will be responsible for summarizing key points of paper, reproduction of key figures (powerpoint is easiest), providing supplementary information relevant to the paper and leading the discussion. It is absolutely essential that all students have read the papers before class and come prepared with questions and points for discussion.
Grading: Based on participation in discussion and leading discussion.
Aug 23 Organizational Class
Aug 30 Introduction to Time-series analysis (Hoyos Lecture)
Sept 6 Interdecadal variability in analyses of global climate data Part I ZULUAGA & COBB
Sept 13 Interdecadal variability in analyses of global climate data Part II FURTADO
Sept 20 North Atlantic variability Part I IONITA
Sept 27 North Atlantic variability Part II LEECH & IONITA
Oct 4 Tropical Atlantic variability Part I HOLLEY & SUZUKI
Oct 11 Tropical Atlantic variability Part II WIDLANSKY
Oct 18 Pacific decadal variability - biological indices VIElRA
Oct 25 Pacific decadal variability: tropical evidence JIAN
Nov 1 Pacific decadal variability: midlatitudes & tropical interactions SUZUKI & NURHATI
Nov 8 Pacific decadal variability & global warming PARTIN
Nov 15 Pacific decadal variability: oceanic mechanisms AGUDELO & CEBALLOS
Nov 22 Pacific decadal variability: atmospheric mechanisms ARIAS & COMBES
Nov 29 ENSO-monsoon interdecadal interactions Part I FRITZ & TOMA
Dec 6 ENSO-monsoon interdecadal interactions Part II NURHATI