William A. Gough

Climate Lab at UofT (CL@UT)

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Undergrad Courses

Wind - EESA09 - A survey of the science, history and applications of wind. Topics include storms including hurricanes, tornadoes and mid-latitude cyclones, global circulation, local circulations, measurement of winds, impact of winds on land surfaces, wind power, winds and pollution, historical and literary winds, and contemporary wind research. No prior knowledge of environmental science is required.
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

Principles of Climatology - EESB03 - This is an overview of the physical and dynamic nature of meteorology, climatology and related aspects of oceanography. Major topics include: atmospheric composition, nature of atmospheric radiation, atmospheric moisture and cloud development, atmospheric motion including air masses, front formation and upper air circulation, weather forecasting, ocean circulation, climate classification, climate change theory and global warming.
Prerequisite: EESA06H3 Or EESA09H3
Exclusion: GGR203H, GGR312H
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

Climate Change Impact Assessment - EESD06 - Climate change over the last 150 years is reviewed by examining the climate record using both direct measurements and proxy data. Projection of future climate is reviewed using the results of sophisticated climate modeling. The climate change impact assessment formalism is introduced and applied to several examples. Students will acquire practical experience in climate change impact assessment through case studies.
Prerequisite: EESB03H3
Breadth Requirement: Natural Sciences

Grad Courses

Introduction to Physical Geography - GGR1200 - A course on topics of interest to physical geographers; Masters and Doctoral students. Seminar presentations from both U of T faculty and invited researchers will be given to introduce students to the Department’s four physical geography research clusters. Practical information on how to write funding applications, conference abstracts and how to give effective oral presentations will also be covered. Discussions of multi-perspective issues such as the supervisor-student relationship, women in science, the peer-review system, authorship and evaluating success in academia will be led by students.

Boundary Layer Climates - EES1112 - This course examines the dynamics and radiation physics of the atmospheric planetary boundary layers. Topics include the formation of a planetary boundary layer, vertical stability, temperature inversions, diurnal and seasonal variations and impacts of local and regional scale circulation. With this foundation the dispersion of airborne pollutants will be studied. The course will conclude with modeling of airborne pollutants and case studies.

Climate Change Impact Assessment - EES1117 - The study and consideration of climate change is of increasing significance to society. This course will review the evidence for climate change over the past 150 years using both direct measurements and proxy data. Projection of future climate change will also be considered by modeling. Students will complete a major case study and research paper.

PhD in Environmental Science Core Course - ENV2200 - This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to the major issues in research in environmental science. It will also expose students to the diverse fields of research expertise within the UTSC Group. Students will be expected to contribute one seminar paper in their own field of interest. The class will meet weekly throughout the fall and winter and will act as a focus group for the PhD program. The course is restricted to those students enrolled in the PhD in Environmental Science program.