ESE 101. Global Warming Science 101

An introduction to the science of global warming/ climate change, meant to assist students to process issues that often appear in the news and public debates. Topics include: the greenhouse effect, and consequences of the rise of greenhouse gasses including sea level rise, ocean acidification, heat waves, droughts, glacier melting, hurricanes and more. Throughout, an ability to critically evaluate observations, predictions and risk will be emphasized. The students will be involved in in-class quantitative analysis of climate observations, feedbacks and models via python Jupyter notebooks that will be provided.

Notes: ESE 101 is also offered as E-PSCI 101. Students may not take both for credit. For SB students: this course can only count as a science elective in the concentration requirements, and SB students must enroll in E-PSCI 101. AB students may enroll in either E-PSCI 101 or ESE 101 to meet their concentration requirements.

Programming in Python will be employed throughout the course in HW assignments and course workshops. Prior exposure to basic programming would be helpful, and students will be provided with template code to start from and be guided in this work in weekly course workshops. Students are requested to bring their laptops to the first class, and to try to install Anacoanda python version 3.7 before class.

Recommended Prep: Basic calculus and ordinary differential equations, as covered for example by Math 1b, Math 19a, Math 21b.








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