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Global Warming Science

About this course

Global Warming Science teaches you about the risks and uncertainties of future climate change by examining the science behind the earth’s climate. You will be able to answer such questions as, “What is the Greenhouse Effect?” and “How and why has earth’s climate changed through geologic history?”

This science course is designed for college sophomores and juniors with some preparation in college-level calculus and physics.

At a Glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Physics
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: College freshman calculus, mechanics, and electricity/magnetism
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What You'll Learn

  • Earth’s climate history
  • The greenhouse effect
  • Natural and manmade effects on climate
  • Projected climate change

Course staff

Kerry Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He obtained his PhD from MIT in 1978, and returned as faculty in 1981. His research investigates fundamental aspects of the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere, in particular tropical cyclones (a.k.a. Hurricanes or Typhoons) and tropical circulations in general.

Dan Cziczo

Dan Cziczo

Dan Cziczo obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1999. He is currently Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. Dan is interested in the interrelationship of particulate matter and cloud formation. His research utilizes laboratory and field studies to elucidate how small particles interact with water vapor to form droplets and ice crystals which are important players in the Earth's climate system.

David McGee

David McGee

David McGee has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT since 2012. He obtained his PhD from Columbia University in 2009. David's research builds records of past climate changes using geochemical tools, with an aim to improve our understanding of the response of the atmospheric circulation and hydrological cycle to different climate changes.

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    8 hours/week
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    14 weeks
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