Climate Change, a topic that includes Global Warming, refers to the relatively abrupt shift in weather patterns that has occurred during the last few decades. This free online course examines (1) the factors responsible for climate change; (2) the biological and sociological consequences of such changes; and (3) the possible engineering, economic, and legal solutions to avoid more extreme perturbations. It includes weekly themes, daily mini-lectures, data visualizations, quizzes, exams, weekly assignments, a textbook, and readings.

Videos

Tools

Themes

Mini-Lectures

Assignments

Exams

Introduction to the course & presentations about the course.

Syllabus, bio, textbook, how-to, online course report, &  course development.

 

Learning objectives, mini-lectures, assignment, & readings for each week.

Video segments, data visualizations, & quizzes for each day. Click the Play Button to begin a 4-minute video segment. Click the forward arrow on the bottom left to see subsequent quizzes, data visualizations, or video segments in a 12-minute mini-lecture.

   1. Importance  11. GCMs  21. Precipitation/Salt  31. Solar/Geo/Tidal  41. Intangibles
   2. CO2 Change  12. Future GHGs  22. pH  32. Ag Mitigation  42. Discount Rate
   3. Proxy Measures  13. Future Climate  23. Transport Intro  33. Industries  43. International Law
   4. Snowball Earth  14. Photosynthesis  24. CAFE  34. Buildings Part 1  44. UNCLOS
   5. Ancient Earth  15. Water  25. Hydrogen  35. Buildings Part 2  45. Montreal/Kyoto
   6. Modern Earth  16. Nitrogen  26. Electric Car  36. Geoengineering  46. Three Treaties
   7. Gaia  17. Hypothesis  27. Biofuels  37. Economics Intro  47. Culture
   8. Solar Orbit  18. CO2 Sensing  28. Fossil Power  38. Monopolies  48. Optimism
   9. Electromagnetic  19. Polar Animals  29. CO2 Capture  39. The Commons  
 10. GH Effect  20. Organisms  30. Nuke/H2O/Wind  40. Cost/Benefit  

Instructions and rubrics for exercises & essays for each week.

 

Sample questions from the first & second halves of the course.

  Midterm: Lectures 1 – 22
  Final: Lectures 23 – 48
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