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This 1 page Study Guide was uploaded by Jon Johns on Friday October 30, 2015. The Study Guide belongs to ATOC 3600 at University of Colorado at Boulder taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see /class/232065/atoc-3600-university-of-colorado-at-boulder in Marine Science at University of Colorado at Boulder.




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Date Created: 10/30/15
ATOC 3600 Final exam study guide The exam will be mostly descriptive answers that require reasoning and understanding the physical processes rather than memorization In addition to reading the textbook you should revise lecture notes problem sets and assignments What are typical time scales for changes in the atmosphere ocean surface and deep ice sheets and the biosphere What fraction of the atmosphere is oxygen nitrogen water vapor C02 What are the three most important ways that earth s orbit around the sun can change How do sun spots change the amount of solar radiation received on earth What is hydrostatic balance Why does pressure decrease with increasing elevation Why can we say surface pressure is a measure of atmospheric mass What is the mean vertical structure of temperature in the troposphere stratosphere and mesosphere Would water condensation rain occur if there was no nitrogen in the atmosphere What is the mean energy balance of the atmosphere What is the mean energy balance at the earth s surface Why is there a greenhouse effect Of the initial solar radiation at the top of the atmosphere what fraction is re ected by clouds and the surface what fraction is absorbed by ozone and what fraction is intercepted by the surface What is the residence time of water vapor mean What is a typical value What is an adiabatic process How is potential temperature related to density Describe how a parcel of air could be unconditional or conditionally stable Does hot air rise What causes salinity temperature and density changes in the ocean What drives the thermohaline and wind driven circulation of the ocean Why do we see a Coriolis force How does Ekman upwelling and Ekman transport work How does conservation of absolute vorticity explain Rossby waves What are Rossby waves What is the difference between balanced and unbalanced ow What are some examples of balanced ow When can we assume geostrophic balance is a good assumption How is divergence related to vertical motion near cyclones and anticyclones Why is the descending branch of the Hadley cell in the subtropics Do you expect climate change to be the same every where Why What are a few examples of proxy climate records How does the isotopic composition of ice cores record climate change What are the main features of the ocean and atmosphere that are different during an El Nino Why has C02 not increased as much as would be expected from the amount of fossil fuels that have be burnt Why might the polar regions be more sensitive to climate change than the tropics


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