Course description

This course is an introduction to the science of global warming meant to assist students in processing issues that often appear in the news and public debates. Topics include the greenhouse effect and consequences of the rise of greenhouse gasses including sea level rise ocean acidification heat waves droughts glacier melting expected changes to hurricanes and more. The scientific basis for each subject is covered and every class involves a hands-on analysis of observations climate models and climate feedbacks using python Jupyter notebooks. Throughout an ability to critically evaluate observations predictions and risk is encouraged.


  • Pamela and Vasco McCoy, Jr. Professor of Oceanography and Applied Physics

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

  • Harvard Summer School

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