The Climate System
Presentations and Papers - Undergraduate students
Class Presentations: March 27, April 8, or April 10 (order determined by topic)
Final Papers: April 17, 2013 by 5pm (no late papers will be accepted)
regional climate project, you
will work in pairs to write a short paper based
on a regional climate topic from the list
below. Teams (2 people, 3 with special
permission) will present a 10 minute
talk in class summarizing the content of the short
1. Contract: Each team will submit a contract specifying a division of effort for the project and a paper. The project contract must be signed by all team members. The contract will be used as part of the project grading process for team members. Contracts must be turned in no later than February 20.
2. Paper:The paper should be 5-6 pages, fully referenced, containing least 5 references from books, journal articles, and no more than 3 online resources. I can help you find references - let me know if you need help. All reference materials used must be property cited in your paper body as well as listed at the end, in the reference section.
Your paper must include these components:
A separate grade will be given for the written work and the presentation. Grades will be based on content (clarity, conciseness, organization), quality of work, and understanding of climate topic. Team members will share the same grade for each part of the project unless it is quite evident to the instructor that the majority of the work has been done by one member. In that case, I reserve the right to discuss project efforts with team members to determine the most equitable grading for the project. The paper is worth 10% and the presentation is worth 10% of your semester grade.
Contract and Final paper may be submitted in hard copy format or to me by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Materials must be received by the me on/before the due date. Students are solely responsible for confirming that I have received material on time. Be sure to save a copy of all of your work!
Finally, please remember that the project must reflect the work of both people. All of the written work must be your own. Graphics obtained from other sources must be cited. University policies regarding plagiarism will be enforced and projects may be subject to additional review if plagiarism is suspected. Refer to the syllabus for University resources regarding plagiarism.
REGIONAL CLIMATE PROJECT TOPICS
Extratropical Climates topics:
Great Lake Effects
The Gulf Stream and Nor'eastersThe North Atlantic Oscillation and its Influence on European Climate
The Climate of the Himalayas, Hindu Kush, and the Tibetan Plateau: types, characteristics, controls on climate, and impacts of climate change on this region
Recent Droughts in the Southeastern US; Causes and Consequences
Droughts in the Western US; Causes, Consequences,
World-Wide Mediterranean Climates: what defines this climate type; where are Mediterranean climates located; what controls where they are located, and how is climate change projected to impact these regions?
Recent Droughts in the Western US; Causes, Consequences,and Future Projections under Climate Change.
Flood Events in the Upper Missouri and/or Upper Mississippi River
Regions: Causes, Consequences and Future Projections under Climate
Recent Flood Events in the Upper Missouri and/or Upper Mississippi River Regions: Causes, Consequences and Future Projections under Climate Change
Insect Infestation, Forest Die-off, and Links to Climate and Climate Change in the Northwestern U.S and northern Canada
Subtropical and Tropical Climates topics:
Tropical Cyclones and Hurricanes
Madden Julian Oscillation
Nino/Southern Oscillation, How it Works, and its Impact on Tropical
Climate of the Amazon, characteristics, what controls climate, and project impacts from climate change
Great Deserts of the World: the Sahara, the Kalahari, and Atacama, and
the Great Sandy; causes and climatic controls, similarities and
Polar and Highland Climates topics:
Mountain Snowpack in Western North America; locations, characteristics, and changes over the 20th and 21st century with global warming
The Arctic Region of
IF THERE IS A SPECIFIC TOPIC YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FOR YOUR PROJECT THAT IS NOT INCLUDED ON THE LIST, PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH ME TO DETERMINE IF IT IS APPROPRIATE