Phy 6206 Climatology II Credit - 3

Background on climate and general wind circulation, Climatic classification, Koppen, thornthwaite etc, Fundamental meteorological factors affecting the climate, Past climate revealed by meteorological observation, Methods of palaeoclimatology, Possible causes of climatic change, Introduction to climate system, Role of greenhouse gases, Global warming, Sea level rise, Effects of climate extremes, Statistical background for climate variability, Modes of climate variability including NAO, ENSO, Impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors on climate, Equilibrium in climate change parameters, Sensitivity of feedback mechanisms, Concept of climate change models, Energy cycle, Tropical Ocean and their role in climate control, Physical processes in general circulation.