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Spring 2015-2016
* GEO 366 / ENV 339 / WWS 451 / ENE 366 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, Policy

Michael Oppenheimer

An exploration of the potential consequences of human-induced climate change and their implications for policy responses, focusing on risks to people, societies, and ecosystems. As one example: we examine the risk to coastal cities from sea level rise, and measures being planned and implemented to enable adaptation. In addition, we explore local, national and international policy initiatives to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The course assumes students have a basic background in the causes of human-induced climate change and the physical science of the climate system.

Sample reading list:
IPCC Reports, Fifth Assessment Report
IPCC, Managing the Risks of Extreme Events & Disasters to Advance
M. Hulme, Why We Disagree About Climate Change
Robert E. Kopp et al. (Earth's Future) Vol. II (2014), Probablistic 21st & 22nd century sea-level projections at ..
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading, variable in length and technical nature

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Problem set(s) - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
GEO 202 or permission from instructor. Basic knowledge of climate system and climate change, descriptive meteorology, the carbon cycle is assumed..

Other information:
Weekly assignments include short papers, in-class presentations and related preparation.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41333 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:23 Limit:40
41334 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:6 Limit:13
41335 P02 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44492 P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:6 Limit:14
44523 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Guyot Hall   M171   Enrolled:11 Limit:13