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01Introduction

01Introduction - Course format Lectures on Tuesday Thursday...

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9/27/2007 ESM 203 1 Course format y Lectures on Tuesday & Thursday y Grading Homework 25% Try to do reading before lecture y Choice of 3 section meetings (Tue, Wed or Th) Discussion of lectures and readings P bl d i (groups) Midterm 25% Final 50% y Thresholds A/A- 85% 2 Problems and questions T.A. Carl Legleiter, PhD student B 70% C 50% y Regrading policy Honor Policy y We encourage you to collaborate in learning and problem- solving, including on homework problems. Although you do the homework in groups, make sure that you each understand what your group did. Make calculations yourself. Everyone contributes to the write up of the answers. y The midterm and final examinations will be take-home. You must not discuss them or collaborate with anyone in locating sources or articulating answers to these questions. y We expect you to use the Web, even for take-home exams. But you must report the source and nature of your 3 internet use, so that we can check your interpretations. y Your willingness and ability to conduct yourself in this way is an important part of your professional education, and we treat it very seriously. Availability of Help y Ask questions in class. A favor to classmates. y Participate in lab discussions. Practice professional problem-solving roles. y Office hours Tom & Jeff are generally available when and where you find us. You can also make an appointment via email. Carl will post his office hours to the class email list. y [email protected] [email protected] ucsb edu 4 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] (faculty, T.A., and students) Objective of the Course y The course is dedicated to the proposition that there is value to the environmental manager and the citizen in understanding that you live on a planet . y So, it functions like a planet! y Its planetary functions will affect the way you live and the way you will do business throughout your professional career. You can be blind-sided by this fact, or be 5 on top of it. y In this course, we want you to practice thinking about managing environmental problems using this insight.
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9/27/2007 ESM 203 2 How Earth operates (simplified) less y Some fraction (20-30%) is reflected by atmosphere and surface y Remainder (70-80%) is absorbed and emitted at longer wavelengths 1370 Wm –2 6 Some emitted radiation is absorbed in atmosphere y Imbalance between Equator and Poles causes circulation of atmosphere and ocean y Heated surface transfers energy to atmosphere y Water at surface evaporates and moves into atmosphere … and condenses to fall back to surface as precipitation } and the energy also moves Earth System Science y Earth consists of system components “Solid” planet Ocean Atmosphere Hydrosphere Cryosphere Continental “near surface” (pedosphere and biosphere) “Technosphere” 7 The system components interact y Distribution of solar radiation affects the energy balance of Earth (through clouds, snow/ice cover, and regional transfers of latent heat).
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