Course NumberSU-02-505
PDH Hours5
An Introduction to Simple Climate Models

An Introduction to Simple Climate Models

The major components of the climate system that are important for climatic change and its consequences, such as sea level rise, during the next century are: the atmosphere, oceans, terrestrial biosphere, glaciers and ice sheets and land surface. In order to project the impact of human perturbations on the climate system, it is necessary to calculate the effects of all the key processes operating in these climate system components and the interactions between them. These climate processes can be represented in mathematical terms based on physical laws such as the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy.

This course provides an introduction to climate models used and includes an overview of key terms, an explanation of mathematical models, and the state of climate modelling as it exists today. It explains how simple climate models work, the processes that are included in them, what their strengths and weaknesses are in relation to more complex models, the purposes to which they are applied, and why they have been used extensively by regulators and technical experts.

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Climate Models as Tools for Scientific and Policy Analysis
  • Climate and the Climate System
  • Simulating Climatic Change
  • Simple Climate Models
  • Comparison of Surface Temperature Changes and Ocean Thermal Expansion as Simulated by AOGCMs and SCMs

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