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Students in college-level mathematics classes can build the differential equations of an energy balance model of the Earth's climate themselves, from a basic understanding of the background science. Here we use variable albedo and qualitative analysis to find stable and unstable equilibria of such a model, providing a problem or perhaps a research project for students interested in environmental studies and mathematics.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/college.math.j.44.5.424

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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