Climate Change: The Scientific Basis

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0790 and MEVS - 5100

Understanding the physical basis of the climate system is necessary in order to make sound predictions about future climate variability and its potential impacts on society. This course,which is one of the two required (core) courses for the Graduate Certificate in Marine andCoastal Climate Change, will examine climate change from the scientific side. Students will learn how the climate system works, how climate has changed throughout Earth's history, and how this information is used to predict the response of climate to both natural and anthropogenic forcing in the future. The course will be placed in the context of the marine and coastal environment.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Textbook:

Henson, R. (2011). The Rough Guide to Climate Change. 2nd Ed. Rough Guides, Ltd.ISBN 1‐8582‐8105‐9

Ruddiman, W. (2008). Earth's Climate: Past and Future. Freeman, W.H. & Company. ISBN 0‐7167‐3741‐8

Fall 2013 Syllabus