2017

Each year, there is an introduction to climate science that relies on the philosophy of scientific reasoning.  All sections of the course introduce methodologies of complex, multi-disciplinary, and multi-jurisdictional  problem solving. Otherwise, the sections vary from year to year based on what is happening with climate change in our society and student interests.  

2017 Lectures (Powerpoint and PDF)

Author      Description Class Link
Rood Lecture 01: Introductory Material: Glimpse in the Climate Change Problem; Course Description Overview; Who are we?; Some Questions and Discussion PPT Link, PDF Link
Rood Lecture 02: Introduction, Science, and Response: A (very) Little History and the Conclusion; Glimpse in the Climate Change Problem; What is (and is not) “science?” (The scientific method applied to climate); Relation to Energy, Population, Consumption; Response Framework PPT Link, PDF Link
Rood Lecture 03: Balance and Changing the Balance: Definition and focus on “systems” (In the language of science) (In the language of problem solving); Earth-Sun system; Role of the Atmosphere (Fundamental role of greenhouse gases) (Other greenhouse gases of high importance); Past behavior; Carbon dioxide budget PPT Link, PDF Link
Rood Lecture 04: Conservation Principle and Models: Conservation Principle (Budgets) (Balance) (Point of view); Models and Modeling (Definition) (Role in climate science); Energy in Earth System: Basics (Absorption) (Reflection) (Moving energy around) PPT Link, PDF Link
Rood Lecture 06: Aerosols, Feedbacks, Systems: Basics of aerosols; South and East Asian brown cloud; Aerosol relation to clouds; Volcanoes and climate (Models and Little Ice Age); Earth system summary; Changes in radiative balance PPT Link, PDF Link
Rood Lecture 07: Observations and Internal Variability: Thought problems (How to measure Earth has warmed?) (“Ice-age” figure and observations); Observations: The observing system (Some examples) (Characteristics of observing systems); “Internal” Variability PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 09: Organization and Weather: Distribution of energy by atmosphere and ocean; “Internal” variability - Redux (Analysis); How weather and climate is organized (Physical geography) (Rotation of Earth); Climate variability and change PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 10: Coherent and Convergent Evidence: Climate variability and trends - Redux; Trends in physical climate (Ocean) (Ice) (Rain) (Temperature); Trends in impacts (most briefly, see IPCC WGII, and reference list) PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 11: Attribution and Permafrost: Attribution (Event attribution) (Fingerprinting) (Joint Attribution - end-to-end method) (Focus on the Arctic) PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 12: Attribution, Permafrost, and Rhetoric: Attribution (Event attribution) (Fingerprinting) (Joint Attribution - end-to-end method) (Focus on the Arctic); Rhetoric PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 13: Brief Description of Knowledge Systems: Knowledge system / examination of successful problem solving (Formal construct or theory to approach problems);This is the lite version. PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 14: Ethics Discussion: Return to End of Last Class; Discussion of Ethics and Social Justice PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 15: Energy, Paris, Wedges; Analysis: Kaya Identity; Energy Supply; International Policy: Paris; Energy Consumption (Economic sectors) (Agriculture) (End use); Logic of Obama’s Plan; Wedges: It is possible PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 16: Energy, Paris, Wedges; Analysis: Kaya Identity; Energy Supply; International Policy: Paris; Energy Consumption (Economic sectors) (Agriculture) (End use); Logic of Obama’s Plan; Wedges: It is possible PPT Link, PDF Link
 Rood Lecture 17: Synthesis, What To Do: Summary and Synthesis (Science) (Mitigation and Adaptation) (Problem Solving); Approaches to Mitigation and Adaptation (What Can I Do?) (Planning and Management - Scenario Planning) (Example) PPT Link, PDF Link
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