This course will examine future climate change in the context of Earth history, and then consider various strategies for what might be done to deal with it. The likely impact of continued greenhouse gas emissions will be explored, emphasizing the scientific uncertainties associated with various predictions, and how this can be understood in the context of risk.
Week 0: Introduction
Week 1: Earth's Radiation Budget
Week 2: The Great Anthropogenic Experiment
Week 3: The Past is Key to the Future I
Week 4: The Past is Key to the Future II
Week 5: Deeper Back in Time I
Week 6: Deeper Back in Time II
Week 7: Natural Variability and Predicting the Future I
Week 8: Natural Variability and Predicting the Future II
Week 9: Introduction to Our Energy System and Energy Scenarios
Mahendranath R completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course from Harvard is a great primer to understand how scientists determine that climate change is happening. In a sense, it goes beyond the pop sci presented on TED talks or in the media. You will get a sense of the incredibly complex interactions...
This course from Harvard is a great primer to understand how scientists determine that climate change is happening. In a sense, it goes beyond the pop sci presented on TED talks or in the media. You will get a sense of the incredibly complex interactions at play between the planetary systems. I think an understanding of high-school physics and chemistry is more than enough to understand most of the concepts presented. I am a Master's student and I finished the course in under two weeks, as in the self-paced mode. Prof. Schrag does a great job in explaining the complex concepts. My only complaint with this course is that the lack of a discussion forum. I always found that engaging with other learners and exchanging viewpoints only reinforces what you learned. Other than that, it was a great course. I got introduced to so many new concepts in climatology and geology, and also the famed scientists in those fields who made groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of anthropogenic climate change.
Hanna Melissa Sorbito is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I think this course is appropriate to those with higher level of education in terms of physics and algebra. In my case, I found it hard to understand the terms. I am definitely interested at the beginning as I thought that it was an applied course regarding climate change. However, it primarily expounded on the theoretical side of hard science, which I am not really adept to understand considering my inclination to Humanities and the Social Sciences.
I recommend this to learners who want to understand the science behind climate change. Even if I had to drop the course because of its misalignment with my field of interest, I still believe that taking this course will help one to view climate change in a different perspective. :)