MIT Energy Initiative
Energy Classes at MIT

Global Warming Science

Meets Energy Minor Requirements

Core - Science

Class Number

12.340

Level

Undergraduate

Term

Spring

Description

Provides students with a scientific foundation of anthropogenic climate change and an introduction to climate models. Focuses on fundamental physical processes that shape climate (e.g. solar variability, orbital mechanics, greenhouse gases, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and volcanic and soil aerosols) and on evidence for past and present climate change. Discusses material consequences of climate change, including sea level change, variations in precipitation, vegetation, storminess, and the incidence of disease. Examines the science behind mitigation and adaptation proposals.

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