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Spring 2012-2013
* GEO 366 / ENV 339 / WWS 451 / ENE 366 (STN)  

Climate Change: Scientific Basis, Policy Implications

Michael Oppenheimer

This course explores the causes and consequences of human-induced climate change, and the range of potential policy responses. By studying the natural climate system and how it is influenced by human perturbation, we will develop a quantitative understanding of how climate is expected to change in the future as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere. The course also examines scientific themes that should frame any public policy based on risk management, including irreversibility, uncertainty, and surprise. We will also examine the ways in which people, governments and other institutions are actually responding to climate change.

Sample reading list:
IPCC Reports,
J. Houghton, Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
M. Hulme, Why We Disagree About Climate Change
L. R. Kump et. al., The Earth System

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Papers - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Problem set(s) - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAT101-102 and either CHM 201-202 or PHY 101-102 or Permission of Instructor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41091 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:33 Limit:25 Closed
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:0 Limit:16
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   154   Enrolled:0 Limit:10
P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:0 Limit:10