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December 20, 2022

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Description

This course provides students with a scientific foundation of anthropogenic climate change and an introduction to climate models.

It focuses on fundamental physical processes that shape climate (e.g. solar variability, orbital mechanics, greenhouse gases, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and volcanic and soil aerosols) and on evidence for past and present climate change. During the course they discuss material consequences of climate change, including sea level change, variations in precipitation, vegetation, storminess, and the incidence of disease. This course also examines the science behind mitigation and adaptation proposals.

Course Curriculum

  • Paleoclimate I Unlimited
  • Paleoclimate 2 Unlimited
  • The Instrumental Record Unlimited
  • Atmospheric Composition and Greenhouse Gases Unlimited
  • Radiative-Convective Equilibrium I Unlimited
  • Radiative-Convective Equilibrium II Unlimited
  • The Circulation of the Atmosphere and Oceans I Unlimited
  • The Circulation of the Atmosphere and Oceans II Unlimited
  • Non-CO₂ Greenhouse Gases Unlimited
  • The Earth’s Carbon Cycle Unlimited
  • Aerosols Unlimited
  • Climate Sensitivity, Forcings, and Feedbacks Unlimited
  • Cloud, Water Vapor, Ice Albedo, and Other Feedbacks Unlimited
  • Climate Models I: General Concept, History, and Design Unlimited
  • Climate Models II: Parameterizations Unlimited
  • Climate Models III: Predictions and Projections Unlimited
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Some Links to Adaptation Unlimited
  • Geoengineering Unlimited

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