Global Warming Science

A white polar bear standing on arctic sea ice.

Polar bear on arctic sea ice. (Image courtesy of Kathy Crane, NOAA Artic Research Program.)

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MIT Course Number

12.340

As Taught In

Spring 2012

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course provides students with a scientific foundation of anthropogenic climate change and an introduction to climate models. It focuses on fundamental physical processes that shape climate (e.g. solar variability, orbital mechanics, greenhouse gases, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and volcanic and soil aerosols) and on evidence for past and present climate change. During the course they discuss material consequences of climate change, including sea level change, variations in precipitation, vegetation, storminess, and the incidence of disease. This course also examines the science behind mitigation and adaptation proposals.

Emanuel, Kerry, Sara Seager, Daniel Cziczo, and David McGee. 12.340 Global Warming Science, Spring 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-340-global-warming-science-spring-2012 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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