Global warming: The science and modeling of climate change is a free online course conducted by the University of Chicago. This course describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans' impact on Earth's climate.
About the course
he class begins with the nature of heat and light, then builds the very simplest conceptual-and algebraic-model for the climate of a planet, including the greenhouse effect. The course is intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics-all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).
Week 1: Our First Climate Model
Week 2: On Greenhouse Gases and the Atmosphere
Week 3: More on the Atmosphere - and Feedbacks
Week 4: The Carbon Cycle
Week 5: The Perturbed Carbon Cycle
Week 6: The Smoking Gun and Paleoclimate
Week 7: Impacts
Week 8: Mitigation
This course assumes no scientific knowledge and is geared toward a general audience. The problem sets require high-school-level algebra.
September 29, 2014 - December 31, 2014
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