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GEOL0160. Monsters of the Abyss: Oceanography and Sea Tales

We will read from the logbooks of Cook, Darwin, Wallace, and Nansen. Their discoveries and expeditions inspired and were inspired by fiction that we will also read, including Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The daring successes and cannibalistic dooms of the Essex, Beagle, Terror, Challenger, and Fram inspired 19th century writers to imagine what lay far across and deep beneath the oceans. These retellings--fictional, narrative, and scientific--helped formulate and fund further research. Who risks their life for a bird, a map, a widow, or an eclipse? How would these scientists and their ideas do today? Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. First Year Seminar.

Baylor taught this class in Fall 2013.


BFK Notes

GEOL0350. Mathematical Methods of Fluid and Solid Geophysics and Geology

Intended for undergraduates concentrating in geological and physical sciences or engineering, especially those interested in the quantitative study of Earth. Problem sets will cover common approaches to quantify the dynamics and chemistry of solids and fluids in nature. Mathematical topics to be introduced include linear algebra, vectors and tensors, differential equations, dynamical systems, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, empirical orthogonal functions, fractals, chaos, and statistics. Applications include waves in the oceans, atmosphere, and solid earth, convective and conductive heat flow, reaction rates, gravitational potential energy, Newton’s laws on a rotating planet, measuring coastlines and ranges, and dating errors in stratigraphy.

Baylor taught this class in Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014.


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GEOL1520. Ocean Circulation and Climate

Or, Notions for the Motions of the Oceans.
Examines physical characteristics, processes, and dynamics of the global ocean to understand circulation patterns and how they relate to ocean biology, chemistry, and climate change. Assignments address ocean's role in the climate system; ocean observations and models; the origin, distribution, and dynamics of large-scale ocean circulation and water masses; energy and freshwater budgets; and variability of the coupled system on seasonal to centennial timescales e.g. El Niño. Intended for geological and physical sciences undergraduate and graduate students with quantitative skills and an interest in oceans, climate, paleoclimate. Pre-requisite: GEOL0350 or PHYS0720 or APMA 0340. Scientific computing experience helpful. Offered alternate years, previously offered as GEOL1100.

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Baylor taught this class in Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013.

Proceedings volumes Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013. Spring 2010. Spring 2008. Spring 2007.

GEOL1820. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics


Explores theories of the large-scale ocean and atmosphere, including quasigeostrophic, planetary geostrophic, and shallow water equations. Topics will vary to focus on features of the general circulation and climate system (e.g. thermocline, westward intensification, jet stream dynamics, polar vortex, meridional overturning circulations), instabilities and waves (e.g. gravity, Rossby, and Kelvin), or rotating stratified turbulence. May be repeated with permission of instructor. Pre-requisites: GEOL0350 or PHYS0720 or APMA 0340 and GEOL1510 or GEOL1520.

Baylor taught this class in Fall 2016 on Waves and Mean Flows.

GEOL1950M. Geoengineering


Examines the processes, dynamics, and consequences of geoengineering, or intentional climate intervention, approaches to controlling climate change. Through assignments stu- dents will create a series of referenced, researched, public wikipedia pages summarizing the state of the art understanding (i.e., a geoengineering hackathon). Intended for under- graduate and graduate students with interests in oceans, climate, paleoclimate, engineer- ing, and climate change policy. Pre-requisite: GEOL0240 or ENVS0490 or GEOL1350 recommended; permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to 30. Recommended Pre-requisites: GEOL0240 or ENVS0490 or GEOL1350.

Baylor taught this class in Fall 2017.


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GEOL2300. Mathematical and Computational Earth Sciences

For graduate students interested in quantitative study of the Earth in geological, physical, or engineering sciences. Mathematical topics to be introduced include tensor analysis, asymptotic and per turbation analysis of differential equations, numerical integration of differential equations, basis functions and pattern recognition, fractals and multifractals, and statistics. Applications will vary by offering, but examples include: statistics of turbulence and earthquakes, advection-reaction-diffusion systems, boundary layers, development of shocks and singularities, climate change, carbon sensitivity, and dimensional reduction of geophysical data. Intensive review of introductory mathematical methods through leading discussions in a lower level class. Earth, fluid, or solid science background recommended.

Baylor taught this class in Fall 2015.


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GEOL2910N. Volcanism and Climate

The course will explore the effects of volcanism on climate over a range of spatial and temporal scales, including: historic and prehistoric eruptions, large igneous provinces and correlations of secular atmosphere change with supercontinent cycles. The links between volcanism and climate on Mars will also be examined. The goals are to understand the interactions of planetary interiors and atmospheres and how these interactions are preserved in the geologic record. Background: The seminar is aimed at graduate students. An undergraduate background in geology, chemistry and physics is required.

Baylor co-taught this class (with Parman [lead], Russell, Saal) in Fall 2014

Baylor used to teach at the University of Colorado. Click on the icon at left to access approximations to the old course webpages.