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Title: Climate and Society: Case Studies V1003: Fall, 2014


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Climate and Society Case Studies V1003 Fall,
2014
  • Understanding the science and policy dimensions
    of current environmental problems.

Peter deMenocal
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http//eesc.columbia.edu/courses/v1003/index.html
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What is this course about?
  • The basic science behind three climate issues
  • 1) Ozone depletion
  • 2) El Niño
  • 3) Global warming
  • Presented as case studies Problems and
    Solutions
  • How international policy was developed to
    mitigate risk.
  • How science shapes policy

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Why should I take this course?.
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Why should I take this course?
  • Understand the basics of climate science.
  • Science guides policy.
  • Knowledge is power climate change is happening
    now, in your lifetime.

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Why I offer this course
Q Do you think human activities impact global
temperature? 58 of the general public say
yes. 97 of climate scientists say
yes. (Doran and Kendall, 2009)
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Whats really in it for you?
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Course Overview
  • Three case studies
  • Ozone depletion (success story)
  • El Niño-related climate changes (evolving success
    story)
  • Global warming (work in-progress)
  • For each, we examine the scientific basis of the
    problem and consider the origins and
    effectiveness of policy fixes.

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Topics we cover...
  • Ozone depletion
  • El Niño climate variability
  • Global warming
  • How the climate system works
  • Ocean circulation
  • Carbon in the ocean and atmosphere
  • Global population.
  • Sustainable Development
  • Future climate projections
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Global warming debates

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Prerequisites?
  • None.
  • Basic science and math courses will be helpful.
  • High-school level algebra, physics, and
    chemistry.
  • Everything covered in the course and on the exams
    is presented in lectures, notes, and readings.
  • What got you into Columbia will get you through
    this class.

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Required text
  • Global Warming Understanding the Forecast
  • by Dr. David Archer (2011 2nd edition!)
  • Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Press
  • 288 pages.
  • ISBN-10 0470943416 
  • Available at Book Culture

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Class Format
  • Lectures
  • Web-based lecture notes (PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Invited specialist lectures.
  • Readings
  • Readings are online on Courseworks
  • Homework assignments
  • Assignments every 2 weeks
  • Exams
  • One after each of the three modules

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Homework
  • There will be 6 assignments. Top 5 used for final
    grade.
  • Homework can be submitted early, but not late. No
    credit for late submission.
  • Must be your work only. Anything otherwise
    results in a zero for entire homework portion of
    grade.

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Grading
  • Exam 1 20
  • Exam 2 25
  • Final exam 35
  • Attendance quizzes 5
  • Homework 15

Average grade is A- to B
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Prior class grades
Average Grade A- to B 4 'A' grades (5) 11
'A' grades (13) 8 'A-' grades (9) 20 'B'
grades (23) 14 'B' grades (16) 13 'B-' grades
(15) 3 'C' grades (3) 5 'C' grades (6) 6
'C-' grades (7)
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How can I get an A ?
  • Participate, ask questions!
  • Reading material helps, but focus on the
    lectures.
  • Complete all homework assignments
  • Use the practice exams to get a feel for my
    questions.
  • Get help if you need it.
  • If you have special circumstances, please let me
    know early.

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What is Lamont ?
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Palisades, NY
  • (20 miles away)
  • 50 Faculty
  • 100 Ph.D. scientists
  • 50 post-docs
  • 90 Grad. Students
  • Discoveries at Lamont Plate tectonics, El Niño,
    global warming, ocean acidification, origin of
    the ice ages, rapid climate change

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM - 4 PM
Free transportation (30 minute comfy bus ride)
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