F&ES 718b / 2019-2020

Climate Change Seminar

Credits: 3

Spring 2020: M,W, 2:30-3:50, Kroon 319

Critically reading the scientific literature is a key skill set for a scientific career. So is interacting with scientists during seminars and meetings. The goal of this class is to provide opportunities to improve these skills, while gaining competence in climate change science through reading a core set of papers. This class will meet Wednesdays at 230pm to interact with experts and a second TBD time to discuss the papers. During the TBD class we will critically discuss a paper by an expert in the field. On Wednesday, we will skype that person in for a short presentation on the paper and then a discussion between the class and the scientist. The speakers have a broad range of experience and are at the different points in their career and the last bit of discussion will be reserved for questions on the scientific process and career advice. There will be a wide range of topics such as permafrost vulnerability, sea-level rise, ice sheet dynamics, and ocean acidification.