EPM 4234 - Climate Change and Science
"Global Warming" is a cause celebre, but how much do we really know about the science involved in studying the earth's climate? Moving beyond the social and political opinions espoused in the current debate on climate change, this course delves into the chemical and physical forces at play in the arena. Scientific processes are used in measuring climate dynamics, among them ozone chemistry, carbon and oxygen cycles, and heat and water budgets. Studentsexplore scales and methods for detecting climate change, including analyzing ice cores, instrumental records, and time series. Some attention will be dedicated to "climate forcing" caused by such things as orbital variations, volcanism, plate tectonics, and solar variability.
NOTE: This course is not offered this term. Please refer to the annual schedule for Environmental Policy and Management to see the next time this course is offered.