Catalogue 2012 - 2013

SUS 236 Global Warming


3 cr.

Course Description

This course will first address the physical laws and underpinnings of the observed global warming trend. Changes in the atmospheric abundance of greenhouse gases and aerosols and in land surface properties, that alter the energy balance of the climatic system and the preexisting greenhouse effect, will be investigated. Model projections for future climates will be discussed. The investigation of the physical science basis will be followed by an assessment of the observed and projected global and local impacts of the climatic changes and the adaptations and vulnerabilities of natural, social, and economic systems impacted by these changes. Finally the proposed political solutions addressing these threads, (local and global) especially as expressed and outlined in the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) a panel under the joint auspices of the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organization will be discussed.

Sustainability majors are required to take SUS 236.