Science Ctr C
Global average temperatures
Course Objectives fields .
Grade Breakdown Reading Quizzes (5%) Homework (20%) Midterm Exam (30%) Individual Paper and Presentations (30%) Personal Reflection (5%) Participation (10%)
Themes 1. Science of Climate Change 2. Consequences/Impacts of Climate Change 3. Governance, Economics, and Policies 4. Innovative Solutions/Technologies
Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future Table of contents: Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Energy Basics Chapter 3 The contemporary US energy system: overview including a comparison with China Chapter 4 Human induced climate change: why you should take it seriously Chapter 5 Human induced climate change: arguments offered by those who dissent Chapter 6 Coal: abundant but problematic Chapter 7 Oil: a volatile past, an uncertain future Chapter 8 Natural gas: least polluting of the fossil fuels Chapter 9 Nuclear power: an optimistic beginning, a clouded future Chapter 10. Power from wind: opportunities and challenges Chapter 11. Power from the sun: abundant but expensive Chapter 12. Hydro: power from running water Chapter 13. Earth heat and lunar gravity: geothermal and tidal energy Chapter 14. Plant biomass as a substitute for oil in transportation Chapter 15. Limiting US and Chinese emissions: the Beijing agreement Chapter 16. Vision for a low carbon energy future
Schedule Date Day Lecture Topics Reading Quiz 1/22 M Introduction and theme for the course 1/24 W Energy and Climate—coupled issues 1/29 M Introduction to Climate Basics 1/31 W Energy and greenhouse gases Chapter 1 2/5 M How has climate varied in the past?
- Fall '10
- Atmosphere, Rotation, Equator