MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Climate Science 101/Climate Change 101

Daniel Rothenberg

Jan/24 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM E51-151

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Obama cited "the overwhelming judgment of science" about "the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms." What IS the climate, anyway? How is it changing, and how do those changes give rise to these major impacts?

This two-part session introduces the fundamentals of climate science and provides an overview of what climate scientists know about our current and future climate. The talk will begin with a walkthrough of the greenhouse effect, highlighting key principles that form the base of climate science. It will continue with an overview of of climate change, including an introduction to human-induced and natural climate forcing components such as greenhouse gas emissions, ozone, and volcanic eruptions and aerosols. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity and uncertainty regarding current understanding and future projections of earth's climate.

Sponsor(s): Joint Program/Science and Policy of Global Change
Contact: Anthony Tran, E19-411R, 617 253-7492, TONES@MIT.EDU