From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming

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Quick Facts about METEO 469

Picture of the cover of the book Dire Predictions (2nd Edition) by Michael Mann
  • Instructor - Brian Gaudet
  • Course Author - Michael Mann, Professor of Meteorology (with a joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences) and Director, Earth System Science Center
  • Overview - METEO 469 is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts in Energy Sustainability and Policy on-line degree program, geared towards students who are able to study only part-time and at a distance. This course provides an introduction to global warming and climate change, covering the basic science, projected impacts, and approaches to mitigation. Watch this introduction video by the course author, Michael Mann:
  • Learning Environment - This web site provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu on the left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. ANGEL, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications and submission tools for the course.
  • Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week. Lesson learning activities take the form of discussions, quizzes, and on-line climate simulations.
    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Climate and Climate Change
    • Lesson 2: Climate Observations, Part 1
    • Lesson 3: Climate Observations, Part 2
    • Lesson 4: Modeling of the Climate System
    • Lesson 5: Modeling of the Climate System (cont.); Comparing Models and Observations
    • Lesson 6: Carbon Emission Scenarios
    • Lesson 7: Projected Climate Changes, Part 1
    • Lesson 8: Projected Climate Changes, Part 2
    • Lesson 9: Climate Change Impacts
    • Lesson 10: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
    • Lesson 11: Geoengineering
    • Lesson 12: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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