Welcome to the Freshman Seminar Introduction to the Science of Climate Change! This seminar will give you a quick and broad outline of the principal scientific issues that are relevant for the intense political debate that is shaping up on global warming, which is likely to be a dominant theme in world politics of the 21st century. The objective of the seminar is that students will develop an understanding of the science sufficient to form their own opinion on the policies that we need in relation to greenhouse emissions.
Thomas E. Graedel and Paul J. Crutzen, Atmosphere, Climate, and Change (Scientific American Library, 1997)
Other complementary books:
(b) A qualitative take-home exam on questions about the material taught in lectures. This will be handed out on March 5th and will be due on the last day of class, March 12th.
(c) A paper you will write among various subjects you can choose, which will be due on March 9th. Click here for the detailed instructions for the paper .
The final grade of the course will be determined as:
I will be writing brief lecture notes for every one of the lectures in the first nine weeks. The textbook for the course is a nice book accessible to the public. The lectures will not follow the chapters of the book, so the book is a complementary tool to the course lectures. I will also be distributing additional articles in classes, and provide links to various websites where you can find additional information if desired.
Lecture 1 (January 9): What determines the
temperature of the Earth?
Lecture 2 (January 16): The atmosphere of the
Earth and the greenhouse effect.
Lecture 3 (January 23): The anthropogenic
greenhouse effect: radiative forcings.
Lecture 4 (January 30): The Present Carbon Cycle.
Lecture 5 (February 6): Recent History of the
Lecture 6 (February 13): Earlier History of the
Lecture 7 (February 20): The recent global
Lecture 8 (February 27): Climate models for
predicting the future.
Lecture 9 (March 5): Solutions to global warming.
Lecture 10 (March 12) : Student presentations and general discussion.
Links to useful websites
Freshman Seminar, Winter Quarter 2004
F 9:30-10:18 McPherson Room 1015