University of Tennessee

in 2007, UT signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

The UTK Office of Sustainability submitted annual Climate Action Plan in 2010, and a Greenhouse Gas Report in Feb, 2013.


Climate Researchers:

Dr. Kelsey Ellis, Tropical cyclones, tornadoes, and human-environment interactions, Geography

Dr. Joshua Fu, Climate and Air Quality Monitoring, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer, Dendrochronology, Geography

Dr. Sally Horn, Paleoclimatology, Geography

Dr. Brian Leib, Irrigation and Water Resources, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

Dr. Joanne Logan, Applied Climatology, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

Dr. Michael McKinney, Environmental Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences


Undergraduate Climate-Related Courses

Geography 333 (3) Climate Change and Human Response
Controversies and uncertainties about present-day climate change, future climate scenarios and mitigation strategies, and individual and policy responses to climate predictions.
Geography 334 (3)  Meteorology

Dynamic atmosphere and resulting weather events. Nature of individual weather elements, their measurement, and analysis over time and space.

Geology 456 (3)  Global Climate Change

Examines natural and anthropogenic changes in global climate systems. Topics include biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases and the water cycle, including water resources and pollutants and changes in the biosphere (extinctions) as both cause and effects of physical global changes. Historical (baseline) dynamics are compared to current changes in order to predict human impacts and suggest technical and policy solutions.

Undergraduate/Graduate (Cross-listed) Climate-Related Courses

Environmental and Soil Science 462 (3) Environmental Climatology

Study of global energy budget, past climates, climate variability, climate distribution, and climate change. Emphasis on global warming and its potential impacts on weather, ecosystems and societies. Students are required to use quantitative, computer, and problem-solving skills to analyze and report climate data for environmental planning.

Geography 434 (3)  Climatology

General circulation system leading to world pattern of climates. Climatic change and modification. Interrelationships of climate and human activity.

Geography 436 (3)  Water Resources

Global water resources and hydrologic processes, including water availability flooding, and water quality issues examined from physical and economic geographic perspectives.

Graduate Climate-Related Courses

Environmental Engineering 521 (3)  Climate Impacts on Water Resources

Theoretical and analytical approaches to the impact of climate variability and change on water resources. Oceanic-atmospheric variability and its impact on precipitation, snowpack, soil moisture and stream flow; analysis of spatial / temporal climatic and hydrologic datasets; paleo-hydrology; parametric and non-parametric forecasting of stream flow; watershed models incorporating down-scaling of Global Circulation Model (GCM) forecasts of precipitation, temperature and the resulting land use changes. (DE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 241. 

Environmental Engineering 561 (3)  Climate and Environmental Informatics

Introduction to applied time series, spatial statistics, and geographical data sciences for climate and the environmental applications with an emphasis on extreme events, regional analysis, uncertainty characterization and risk management. Case studies and class projects focused on integration of disparate data and analysis techniques to solve problems in climate change impacts. Recommended Background: Statistics or geographical information systems (GIS). Comment(s): Consent of instructor. 

Environmental Engineering 562 (3)  Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling

Theory and applied algorithms for three-dimensional climate modeling including conservation laws, prognostic and diagnostic relationships and climate model formulations. Emphasis on numerical methods, coordinate systems, spatial and temporal discretization, parameterization and model validation. (DE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 231 and 241. Recommended Background: Computer applications. Comment(s): Consent of instructor. 

Environmental Engineering 577 (3)  Air Pollution Climatology

Linkages between climate change and pollutant emissions, transport, transformation, and deposition. Both the impact of air quality on climate and the impact of climate on air quality will be examined using general circulation and meteorological models. Regional-scale effects of land utilization, incident radiation, climate perturbations and air quality parameters such as ozone, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases will be investigated. (DE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 231 and 241.
Geography 534 (3)  Topics in Climatology
Trends, problems, and methods in climatology.
Geography 634 (3)  Seminar in Climatology


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