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Han, Weiqing Professor

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  • My research directs toward ocean circulation, dynamics, process studies, air-sea interaction, and decadal climate variability and change. My main research themes are tropical-ocean variability at intraseasonal to decadal time scales, sea level rise, and the role of oceans in affecting regional and global climate variability and change. Recently, my research projects also involve the impacts of climate variability and change on US Northeast coast sea level & inundation and on extreme events.

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  • ocean circulation and dynamics, air-sea interaction, sea level and climate variability and change

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Teaching

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  • ATOC 1060 - Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Discusses the Earth's climate for nonscience majors, focusing on the role of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and land surface. Describes the water cycle, atmospheric circulations and ocean currents, and how they influence global climate, El Nino and the ozone hole. Discusses human impacts from climate change. Recommended prerequisite: ATOC 1050. Degree credit not granted for this course and GEOL 1060.
  • ATOC 3600 - Principles of Climate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Describes the basic components of the climate system: the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and lithosphere. Investigates the basic physical processes that determine climate and link the components of the climate system. Covers the hydrological cycle and its role in climate, climate stability and global change. Recommended prerequisites: one semester of calculus and ATOC 1060 or ATOC 3300 or GEOG 3301 or GEOG 1001 or ATOC major. Same as GEOG 3601 and ENVS 3600.
  • ATOC 4800 - Policy Implications of Climate Controversies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Examines controversial issues related to the environment, including climate change. Covers scientific theories and the intersection between science and governmental policy. Includes discussion, debate and critical reading of textual materials. Department enforced prerequisite: ATOC 1060 or ATOC 3600. Same as ATOC 5000 and ENVS 5830.
  • ATOC 5000 - Critical Issues in Climate and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Discusses current issues such as ozone depletion, global warming and air quality for graduate students in nonscientific fields. Provides the scientific background necessary to understand, follow scientific developments and critically evaluate these issues. Same as ATOC 4800 and ENVS 5830.
  • ATOC 5051 - Introduction to Physical Oceanography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Provides fundamental knowledge of observations,, theory, dynamics and modeling in physical oceanography. Promotes critical thinking and the development of skills for data analysis and interpretation. Recommended prerequisites: one year of calculus-based physics and math up through differential equations. ATOC graduate core course.
  • ENVS 3600 - Principles of Climate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Describes the basic components of the climate system: the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and lithosphere. Investigates the basic physical processes that determine climate and link the components of the climate system. Covers the hydrological cycle and its role in climate, climate stability and global change. Recommended prerequisites: one semester of calculus and ATOC 1060 or ATOC 3300 or GEOG 3301 or GEOG 1001. Same as GEOG 3601 and ATOC 3600.
  • ENVS 5830 - Critical Issues in Climate and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Discusses current issues such as ozone depletion, global warming and air quality for graduate students in nonscientific fields. Provides the scientific background necessary to understand, follow scientific developments and critically evaluate these issues. Same as ATOC 4800 and ATOC 5000.
  • GEOG 3601 - Principles of Climate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Describes the basic components of the climate system: the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and lithosphere. Investigates the basic physical processes that determine climate and link the components of the climate system. Covers the hydrological cycle and its role in climate, climate stability and global change. Recommended prerequisites: one semester of calculus and ATOC 1060 or ATOC 3300 or GEOG 3301 or GEOG 1001. Same as ATOC 3600 and ENVS 3600.

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