Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2020

     

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MLSC 565 001 (CRN: 23381)

PAST AND FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE

Long Title: PAST AND FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE: NATURAL VERSUS HUMAN INFLUENCE
Department: School of Continuing Studies
Instructor: Anderson, John B
Meeting: 6:00PM - 8:59PM W (13-JAN-2020 - 24-APR-2020) 
Part of Term: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Section Max Enrollment: 0 (permission required) Department Permission Required
Section Enrolled: 11
Enrollment data as of: 20-JUN-2024 10:04AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: GR Course-Dept Schedules Exam
 
Description: Have humans really altered the course of natural climate change? Can this course be altered? This course introduces students to the methods used by scientists to study Earth's climate history. We will examine methods used to study Earth's climate evolution over hundreds of millions to decadal time scales. Why did Earth's climate undergo extreme changes from "icehouse" conditions when much of its surface was covered by ice, to "greenhouse" conditions when the planet was much warmer than present? What was the impact of these changes on Earth's inhabitants? Lastly, we will use Earth's climate history as context for understanding the role of humans in altering the course of our planet. How reliable are climate predictions and what can be done to curtail climate change?