Prof. Kerry Emanuel
Prof. Sara Seager
Prof. Daniel Cziczo
Prof. David McGee
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.
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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