Jul 10th 2017

Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change (Coursera)

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This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. Intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics—all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).


Week 1: Overview

Week 2: Heat, Light, and Energy

Week 3: First Climate Model

Week 4: Greenhouse Gases and the Atmosphere

Week 5: The Structure of the Atmosphere

Week 6: Weather and Climate

Week 7: Feedbacks

Week 8: The Carbon Cycle

Week 9: The Perturbed Carbon Cycle

Week 10: Looking for a Human Impact on Climate

Week 11: Potential Impacts

Week 12: Mitigation