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Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change (Coursera)

This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. Intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics—all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).

Syllabus

Week 1: Overview

Week 2: Heat, Light, and Energy

Week 3: First Climate Model

Week 4: Greenhouse Gases and the Atmosphere

Week 5: The Structure of the Atmosphere

Week 6: Weather and Climate

Week 7: Feedbacks

Week 8: The Carbon Cycle

Week 9: The Perturbed Carbon Cycle

Week 10: Looking for a Human Impact on Climate

Week 11: Potential Impacts

Week 12: Mitigation