Catalogue 2020 - 2021

METR 151 Climate Change


3 cr.


One of the following: PHYS 101, PHYS 103, PHYS 105, PHYS 123, PHYS 133, CHEM 101, CHEM 103, CHEM 105, BIO 101, METR 101, or GEOL 101

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. (NSP)

Cross Listed Courses

ILP 236