E-PSCI 134. Climate Change Debates: The Reading Course

Semester: 

Fall
  • Professor: Peter Huybers
  • Term: Fall
  • Time: W, 3:00-5:45 PM
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 126141
  • Subject Area: Earth & Planetary Sciences

The atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is now the highest it has been in at least 800,000 years, raising concerns regarding possible future climate changes. This reading course will survey the science of global change from the perspective of scientific debates within the climate community. Specifically, the course will involve guided reading and discussion of papers that present contentious view points on the science of global change, with the goal of students learning how to scientifically evaluate such points of view.  Students are given weekly writing assignments and need to prepare presentations and lead some of the weekly discussions.

Notes: Given in alternate years. Course includes a weekly section to be arranged. This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Atmosphere(s) and Oceans.

Recommended Prep: Mathematics 21a,b or equivalent, or permission of instructor.