Mechanisms and Models of the Global Carbon Cycle

Addresses changes in the ocean, terrestrial biosphere and rocks modulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide on timescales from months to millions of years. Includes feedbacks between carbon cycle and climate. Combines hands-on data analysis with the formulation of simple models rooted in basic physical, chemical and biological principles. Students create individual “toy” global carbon cycle models.

12.349: 12 units, spring semester

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