From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming

Meet the Instructor and the Course Author


The Instructor: Brian Gaudet

Welcome to METEO 469!

Brian Gaudet

My name is Brian Gaudet, and I will be your instructor for METEO 469, offered through the Meteorology Department at the Pennsylvania State University. I work as a research scientist at the Department of Meteorology. My research involves using computer models to predict the interaction of winds and turbulence near the surface over regions such as central PA and Indianapolis, and using the model output to help predict the transport of particulate matter and tracers such as carbon dioxide. These model simulations can also be used as a component of a system to work backwards — helping to use measurements of tracer concentrations downwind to deduce the total quantity released at a known source location.

If you have never taken an online course before — don't worry too much! — there is some adjustment, but I hope you find the format convenient and flexible. I will do my best to help you, and to answer any questions you have about content or logistics.

Hope you have a good semester!

This course was created by Michael Mann form the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. Please take a look at the The Course Author section below to learn more about Michael Mann and to hear his thoughts about this course.

The Course Author: Michael Mann

Welcome to Meteo 469!

What about me? I am a professor in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. I also direct the Penn State "Earth System Science Center". You can also find me blogging occasionally at the website that I co-founded.

My research involves the study of Earth's climate system, including the topic of "climate change". Among other things, I'm interested in documenting how climate has changed in the past from "proxy" data like ice cores, tree rings, and corals. I also use and analyze results from theoretical climate models, focusing on phenomena such as the El Niño/Southern Oscillation ("ENSO"). You can find out more about my research here.

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Dr. Michael Mann

I teach Meteorology and Geosciences courses on a variety of topics including climate dynamics (METEO 470), climate modeling (METEO 523), data analysis and statistics (ENNEC 472), first year seminar on climate change (EM SC 100S), and a general education course on earth system history (EARTH 2).

Meteorology 469 is brand new to my teaching portfolio. It is the first course at Penn State that I've designed from scratch, and the first course I've ever taught online. The course subject matter—global warming and climate change—is timely, given the increasing focus on this issue in recent years. What is unusual about this particular climate change course is that we span the full range of relevant topics, from the basic meteorology and underlying science, to the study of impacts, to the policy-relevant issue of mitigation.