Climate Science and Climate Change: From Challenges to Opportunities

Winter
Winter 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Graduate
Class Size: 15
4
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

EJ Zita
physics, math, astrophysics

This elective provides an overview of key principles and dynamics of climate change, with deep dives into select areas. We will study the physical science, where students will get a solid grounding in fundamental climate dynamics between atmosphere, oceans, and land. We will then explore frameworks for understanding impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability of diverse regions and populations. Finally, we will study the costs, risks, and benefits of major mitigation options. Students will have opportunities to study specific areas of interest in greater depth through research. They will write short essays every other week, and a synthesis/analysis at the end of the quarter. We will have one primary text, supplemented with recent and classic literature in the field.

Workshops will facilitate development of quantitative reasoning skills, including pre-calculus and graphical analysis. Algebra is pre-requisite, and this will be an opportunity to improve algebra skills. More advanced analysis skills may be developed in the context of student research. 

Wednesdays 6-10 pm

4

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Graduate
Class Size: 15
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 6:00 pm
SEM 2 D2105 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia