From Meteorology to Mitigation: Understanding Global Warming



About Lesson 10

It is reasonable to conclude, from our previous examination of projected climate change impacts, that some sort of coordinated response is warranted. One potential response involves adaptation — changing our behavior in such a way as to mitigate the impacts of climate change on our lives and livelihood. In fact, given that there is likely substantial additional climate change already in the pipeline, and we are committed to some degree of additional changes in climate regardless of what measures are taken to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, we will have to adapt to some changes that are in store. In this lesson, we will examine what the key vulnerabilities are, and what adaptive measures might be taken to guard against them.

What will we learn in Lesson 10?

By the end of Lesson 10, you should be able to:

    • discuss the vulnerability to climate change across various sectors and regions;
    • summarize potential adaptive responses to climate change;
    • quantitatively assess certain adaptive responses (through analysis of crop models driven with present and future climate conditions); and
    • discuss the limitations of purely adaptive responses vs. climate change mitigation.

      What will be due for Lesson 10?

      Please refer to the Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates.

      The following is an overview of the required activities for Lesson 10. Detailed directions and submission instructions are located within this lesson.

      • Begin Project #2: Run crop models (for both tropical and extra-tropical environments) under present and climate change conditions using different variations in planting techniques/cultivar selection to develop possible strategies for dealing with climate change impacts on agriculture.
      • Participate in Lesson 10 discussion forum 4: Impacts, Adaptation, and "An Inconvenient Truth"
      • Read:


      If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail), located under the Home tab in Canvas.  The instructor will check that discussion forum daily to respond. Also, please feel free to post your own responses if you can help with any of the posted questions.