F&ES 630b / 2019-2020

The Physical Science of Climate Change

Credits: 3

Spring 2020: Tu,Th, 10:30-11:50, Sage 24

This course covers the science behind Earth’s climate system. The first part of the course entails understanding the components of Earth’s climate, including the chemical and physical atmosphere and the role of land, ice, and the oceans in regulating global climate. The second half takes a closer look at how Earth’s climate system impacts global sustainable boundaries, including its impact on ecosystems, waterresources, the built environment, human health, and the global food system. During the first half of the course students are expected to complete weekly homework assignments that reinforce class concepts and perform a guided analysis using a climate model. The second half of the course involves project work on the impact of climate on a system (e.g., ecosystem, water resource, community, health, etc).