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Spring 2015-2016
ENE 308 / MAE 308 / GEO 308   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Engineering the Climate: Technical & Policy Challenges

Egemen Kolemen

This seminar focuses on the science, engineering, policy and ethics of climate engineering -- the deliberate human intervention in the world climate in order to reduce global warming. Climate/ocean models and control theory are introduced. The technology, economics, and climate response for the most favorable climate engineering methods (carbon dioxide removal, solar radiation management) are reviewed. Policy and ethics challenges are discussed.

Sample reading list:
Royal Inst. Rpt, chaired by J.Shepherd, Geoengineering the Climate
ed. by W.C.G. Burns & A.L.Strauss, Climate Change Geoengineering Philosophical Perspectives
D. Keith, A Case for Climate Engineering
Core Writing Team, RK Pachauri & LA Meyer eds., Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
R.T.Pierrehumbert, Principles of Planetary Climate

Reading/Writing assignments:
Homework sets, critical reflection papers.

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 25%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Problem set(s) - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Freshman physics and mathematics. Social science and humanities majors who are interested in the topic but lack a physics and math background are welcome and encouraged to contact Prof. Kolemen to discuss whether they may enroll in the course..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43731 C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:14 Limit:30