Reading Materials & Lecture Notes

Class 1, Jan 17, Wed: Welcome introduction & syllabus

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Class 2, Jan 22: The complex global climate system & the environment: fundamental concepts - overview (lecture)

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Class 3, Jan 24: Global climate & the environmental changes: observation, attribution & policies (lecture)

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Read IPCC AR5 WGII SPM (HW1: reaction journal required. Start early; it has 30pages exclduing cover page and content table)

Read IPCC AR5 Technical Summary (no reaction journal)

Class 4, Jan 29: Discussion and role play: Rapid sea level rise along the US Northeast coast in recent decades: natural cycle or anthropogenic forcing? Policy?

Read this sea level rise article (HW 2a: reaction journal required)

Read Section 4 of this review article (HW 2b: reaction journal required)

Read this article (No reaction journal; but required for class discussion/role play)

Class 5, Jan 31: Discussion/Role play: Climate variability and change: impacts on marine ecosystems.

Read this article (HW3a: reaction journal required)

Read this article (HW3b: reaction journal required)

Read this article for basic description on corals

Read this article on impact of climate change on biosphere

Class 6, Feb 5: Is climate change real or a hoax, and where to obtain reliable information? Class Debate (check "Discussion/debate assignment" for your group & duty)

Read IPCC AR5 WGI SPM (HW4a: reaction journal required; Start early: Content contains 26 pages)

Read "Top ten reasons climate change is a hoax" from GlobalClimateScam.com (HW4b: reaction journal required)

Read this article: opinion of a climate scientist and retired professor (https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060047798)(no journal required; but important for class debate)

Class 7, Feb 7: Guest Lecture (with discussion): Climate change and extremes. Dr. Mike Alexander, NOAA.

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Read this article (HW5: reaction journal required)

Read this article (requried for class discussion)

Class 8, Feb 12: Discussion: effective policies for combating climate change?

Recommended reading 1 for HW6 (HW6: Write an essay on "In your opinion, what are the most effective policies to combat global climate change?" see "Writing Homework" for detailed instructions on essays)

Recommended Reading 2 for HW6

IPCC AR5 WG3 SPM - Recommended Reading 3 for HW6

Class 9, Feb 14: Discussion/role play: Ozone depletion & climate change connection: science and policy comparison

Read this article (HW7: reaction journal required)

Read this article on the role of ozone depletion in changing atmospheric circualtion

Class 10, Feb 19: Discussion & role play: Hydraulic fracturing & environmental issue - policies?

Read this energy policy article (HW8: reaction journal required)

Read this EPA website regarding its effort to reconcile the goals of clean energy and environmental issue

Additional suggested reading

Class 11, Feb 21: Guest Lecture: The importance of natural internal climate variability in climate prediction & communication with policy makers. Dr. Matthew Newman, NOAA.

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Read this article (HW9: reaction journal required)

Suggested reading (important for in-class discussion: no need to read the appendix)

Class 12, Feb 26: Debate: Climate communication: How should we talk and who should do the talk? (check "Discussion/debate assignment" for your group & duty)

Read this article regarding public trust on scientists, etc. (HW10a: reaction journal required)

Read this article on climate science communication (HW10b: reaction journal required; https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/communicating-climate-change-focus-framing-not-just-facts)

Mandated reading: article 1 provided by Group 2 as supporting evidence

Mandated reading: article 2 provided by Group 1 as supporting evidence

Class 13, Feb 28: Guest Lecture: Title: Tropical ocean decadal variability and connections to Antarctic and Arctic sea ice. Dr. Gerald A. Meehl. NCAR

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Read this article (HW11: reaction journal required)

Class 14, Mar 5: Lecture/Discussion: The art and science of climate model tuning (substitute instructor: Dr. Matt Newman)

Suggested reading (HW12: reaction journal required)

Suggested reading

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Class 15, Mar 7: Lecture/Discussion: How do we use climate models to confirm hypotheses? (substitute instructor: Dr. Matt Newman)

Suggested reading (HW13: reaction journal required)

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Class 16, Mar 12: Movie: An inconvenience truth 2 (no homeowrk)

Class 17, Mar 14: Guest Lecture: Communication of climate science. David Hosansky, NCAR

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Read this article (HW14: reaction journal required)

Suggested reading 1: How to Communicate the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

Suggested reading 2: (Un)Natural Disasters: Communicating Linkages Between Extreme Events and Climate Change

Class 18, Mar 19: Watch Movie: Before the floods

Read this (HW15: Write an essay on: "What can you do to improve our local/regional environment?")

Class 19, Mar 21: Guest Lecture: Climate Threats: A More Inclusive Assessment Is Needed, by Prof. R. Pielke Sr. ATOC/CU.

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Read this article (HW16: reaction journal required).

Suggested reading: Executive summary

Spring break

Class 20, Apr 2: Discussion/demonstration: Climate mitigation policy and international trade

Read this policy article (HW17: reaction journal required) Start early: this article has 25pages

Read this article on climate change policy (required for class discussion/demonstration but no reaction journal)

Class 21, Apr 4: Discussion/Role Play (see discusion/debate assignments)

Read this article (HW18: Write an Amicus Brief on this case related to: environmental risk, storm damage and the denial of sea level rise and/or extreme weather events)

Class 22, Apr 9: Part I (30-35min): Presentations/discussions by Prof. Herman Sievering: Arctic Warming and Food on Your Table; Part II (40min): Discussion on human inaction (article 1) & human impacts on species distribution (article 2)

Read article 1 (HW19: reaction journal required)

Read article 2

Class 23, Apr 11: Watch (video) debate at George Washington University on: Climate Change, the EPA has gone over board.

Class 24, Apr 16: Part I: Final project presentation: Jackson Carter (20min); Part II: watch documentary by John D. Liu: Green gold

Suggested reading from Jackson

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Class 25, Apr 18: Final project presentation: Grace Kendziorski, Mariel Kramer and Nathaniel Lyon

Suggested reading from Grace

Suggested reading from Marial

Suggested reading from Nathaniel

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Class 26, Apr 23: Final project presentation: Sammy Privett, Devin Riggins and Hayden Widener

Suggested (short) article from Devin

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Suggested reading from Sammy

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Suggested reading from Hayden

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Class 27, Apr 25: Final project presentation: Chris Wyburn Powell, Eben Jones, Gabrielle Christy

Suggested reading from Chris

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Suggested reading from Gabrielle

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Suggested reading from Eben

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Class 28, Apr 30: 1st 15minutes: FCQ; Rest 60minutes: Guest Lecture: Climate & Energy Policies: Variations on a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Dr. David Kline. Former NREL member who focuses on energy policy analysis.

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Suggested reading (HW20: reaction journal required)

Class 29, May 2: Guest Lecture: Dr. David Fahey, NOAA on Ozone Depletion & policy

Suggested reading

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