The role of land-sea contrast in climate change - ATOC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Timothy Merlis

Supervisor's Email: timothy.merlis [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5143983140

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Course number: ATOC 396 (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)

Term: Fall 2014-2015

Project start date: September 2, 2014

Project end date: December 4, 2014

Project title: The role of land-sea contrast in climate change

Project description (50-100 words suggested): This project is designed to address the role of land-sea contrast in climate change. The student will analyze climate model simulations forced by changes in carbon dioxide concentration and synthesize the results using a box energy balance model. The anticipated outcome will be an improved understanding of the role that land-sea contrast in surface relative humidity affects global-mean temperatures and the degree of land-amplified warming.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on a bi-weekly evaluation of progress through the semester (30%), a final written report (50%), and an oral or poster presentation (20%).

Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: None of the above (NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers).