Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
In the first two two sessions, we’ll discuss fundamental features of the earth system and how they’re connected to each other (and to society). Our exploration will revolve around aspects of climate and climate change, touching on the roles of the atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, and cryosphere in determining climate. This science background will help contextualize the different global and local policies discussed in the Climate Policy lectures.
The next two sessions will outline how energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are linked to the world economy and the technologies we use, how climate change impacts affect us, and discuss mitigation and adaptation options and instruments. It will also survey policies in place at global, domestic, and community levels, and major challenges and opportunities as the world works toward coordinated action.
Last, we'll have a concluding session led by a panel of grad students designed to assist the navigation of climate science and policy news as it is reported in popular media outlets, demonstrating how to get to the details of the original, peer-reviewed research.
Sponsor(s): Joint Program/Science and Policy of Global Change
Contact: Robert Morris, E19-411, 617 324-7375, RHGMORR@MIT.EDU
History of climate science; radiation and the greenhouse effect; the hydrological cycle; land ecology and carbon storage; ocean ecology and heat transport; sea ice and ice sheets.
Jareth Holt, Daniel Gilford
|Jan/29||Thu||01:00PM-02:00PM||4-237, TIME AND SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO STORM|
Structure and detection of climate change; metrics of climate change and irreversible warming; climate sensitivity and feedbacks; weather extremes and other impacts; climate and earth system modeling; uncertainties and current research trends.
Daniel Gilford, Jareth Holt
|Jan/29||Thu||02:00PM-03:00PM||4-237, TIME AND SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO STORM|
Evaluating policy, basic economic concepts, policy instruments, technology, side effects.
The conclusion of yesterday's IAP discussion, Climate Policy 101, part 1
|Jan/30||Fri||01:30PM-03:00PM||4-237, TIME AND SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO STORM|
History, status and future of international (multi- and bi-lateral) policy negotiations, the road to Paris, sub-national discussions and other fora for making policy happen.
|Jan/30||Fri||03:00PM-03:30PM||4-237, TIME AND SUBJECT CHANGE DUE TO STORM|
Discuss all that you've learned in a Q & A Panel following the conclusion of Climate Policy 102
Jareth Holt, Daniel Gilford, Paul Kishimoto, Amanda Giang