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The Physics of Climate and Weather

Program(s): Immersion

Canceled for Summer 2020

Rarely a month goes by without hearing some news about natural disasters around the world. Whether it is a hurricane, flooding, or a catastrophic wildfire, many of these disasters are associated with extreme weather events or climatic conditions. Increasingly, the conversation then turns towards global climate change and its potential effect on natural disasters. This course will provide you with the concepts needed to understand the fundamentals of weather and climate, how scientists apply the principles of physics and statistics to the earth’s environment to dissect seemingly complex phenomena, and how these insights can be used to forecast not only the weather of tomorrow, but also the climate of the next century.

By the end of this course you will learn how the atmospheric and oceanic environments of our planet operate, what causes impactful events to occur, how and why the climate and associated weather events may change in the future, and—perhaps most importantly—how to think like a scientist by meshing principles of physics and statistics with observed data. You will also be exposed to some of the general tools and concepts of STEM research such as programming, problem solving, laboratory measurements, and technical writing.

Course Considerations

High school physics required; knowledge of single-variable calculus recommended. 

Coding Intensive
Math Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

June 22

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Malte Jansen

Secondary Instructor

Academic Interest

Physical Sciences (e.g., astronomy, physics)

Class Specifics

Course Code

GEOS 13610 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration


3:00 PM


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks