Global Warming Science 101
An introduction to the science of global warming/climate change meant to assist students in understanding issues that often appear in the news and public debates. The course is meant for any student with basic math preparation, not assuming prior science courses. Topics include the greenhouse effect and the consequences of the rise of greenhouse gasses, including sea level rise, ocean acidification, heat waves, droughts, glacier melting, hurricanes, forest fires, and more. An ability to critically evaluate observations, predictions, and risks will be emphasized throughout. The students will be involved in in-class quantitative analysis of climate observations, feedbacks, and models via Python Jupyter notebooks that will be provided.
Course Notes: This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Atmosphere(s) and Oceans. E-PSCI 101 is also offered as ESE 101. Students may not take both for credit. For SB students: this course can only count as a science elective in the concentration requirements, and SB students must enroll in E-PSCI 101. AB students may enroll in either E-PSCI 101 or ESE 101 to meet their concentration requirements.