Climate Change: The Move to Action
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AOSS 480 (Atmospheric Oceanic and Space Science)
NRE 480 (School of Natural Resources and Environment)
Professor: Richard B. Rood
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 11:00 // Dana Building 1024 // 3 credits
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This Page Contains Basic Information about the Course Climate Change: The Move to Action. This course was created by Richard Rood (me) in the Winter 2006 Semester at the University of Michigan. In that first semester there were students from 5 schools and 7 departments across the university.
The course is a lecture course, and has included numerous outside lecturers to provide some depth in specific subjects. Readings are from my collection of material and, in general, are less than 30 pages per class. The course strives for rigor in thinking, but does not rely on a mathematical description of the science of climate change. A primary goal of the course is the development of critical analysis skills to address complex problems There is a project, and the project takes some time both in class and out of class. It is a group project, defined by groups during the term. My estimate is that the project should take between 30 and 100 hours of time outside the class. Students have used a wide variety of analysis techniques in their projects. Project Description
It changes a bit every semester. So do the important issues in the field of climate change.
Syllabus (most recent) and Course Advertisement
Here is the 2012 syllabus. Lecture topics for each week are outlined. All of the topics will be covered, but the exact order will depend on class projects, schedule and reading discussions.
Advertisement: We are a unique generation. Through sound scientific investigation we are presented with the knowledge that the Earth’s climate is warming, and that the climate will warm rapidly for generations to come. We know that in the past, changes in climate, small in comparison to those which we will experience, caused great changes in society. These changes were sometimes positive, for example agricultural prosperity, and sometimes negative, for example agricultural failures, famines, and migrations. Climate change provides personal, regional, national and global challenges to our selves, our children, and our grandchildren. Adaptation to the new climate will be required. With the knowledge that we hold, and the improved knowledge that we are generating, we have the luxury of choice. Do we invest today, pro-actively, in developing resilience and adaptation strategies, or do we simply, like our ancestors, react to changes in the climate?
Virtually all sectors of society are affected by climate change, and strategies to address climate change require the participation of many communities; e.g., science, policy, business, economics, public health, energy, ecosystems, environmental engineering, information science, journalism, religion, etc. This course explores the intersections of these communities and introduces the student to the perspectives that different communities bring to challenges that accompany climate change. Using a template for addressing complex problems, students will work in multidisciplinary teams to develop strategies to address real problems. The goal of the course is to expose students to the fundamental factual and contextual elements surrounding climate change in order to facilitate effective participation in the response to realized and predicted climate change. The course is a mixture of lectures, readings and discussions. These lecture contribute directly to the projects through providing background information and current topics in the individual disciplines. Grading will based on the quality of the team project. Both oral and written participation is expected.
Course Material Archive Database
Each semester Climate Change: The Move to Action is taught, material is updated, changed, added, removed, and sometimes left unchanged depending on relevant climate discussions and issues of the time. This means that no two classes are identically taught. Each semester is also unique with its own blend of student disciplines represented in the class which produces different dialogue and student research products.
Every instance of the class contains valuable information for future classes to digest and build on so previous material is available in the AOSS 480 Archive. This archive database contains all previous lectures, readings, projects, and is searchable by semester and subject.
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