This two-day short course introduces conceptual models of the Earth’s climate system. The first day is devoted to Energy Balance Models (EBMs): differential equations which express the physical law of energy conservation in mathematical terms. The second day is devoted to incorporating observational data from the paleoclimate record and computational data from simulations of the Earth’s orbit during the Pliocene and Pleistocene into EBMs. The hands-on worksheets include simulations of models to explore the interplay between energy balance, ice-albedo feedback, Milankovitch cycles in Earth’s orbit, and other feedback mechanisms.

There are recorded lectures, PDF slides and hands on worksheets with theoretical and computational exercises.

Organised by

- Esther Widiasih (Chair), University of Arizona
- Anna Barry, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications
- Hans Kaper, Georgetown University
- Richard McGehee, University of Minnesota
- Samantha Oestreicher, University of Minnesota
- James Walsh, Oberlin College
- Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College