GEOL 015 - (NS) Global Climate ChangeSemester Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the science needed to understand how the Earth’s climate system functions. Students will analyze the role of human emissions of greenhouse gases in global climate change. Students survey the workings of the atmosphere, oceans, and land surface to learn how these components interact to regulate the planet’s climate system. Students engage with systems theory, feedback loops, fundamental physical principles, and simple chemical formulas to understand the planetary energy balance. A brief survey of Earth’s climate history places the recent climate record in context.
May not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory.)
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