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Global Climate Change

Robert Jacobel

Course URL: http://www.stolaf.edu/people/jacobel/courses/climate/climate.html

Course Summary
This interdisciplinary courses focuses on how and why Earth's climate has changed thoughout its history and how it is likely to change in the near future. It draws from geology, chemistry, meteorology, oceanography, and policy studies. Much of the science involved in this topic is cutting-edge, so quite a bit of the reading will be from scientific journals. According to Dr. Jacobel: "One of the goals of the climate course is for participants to learn about significant new research and developments in the field of earth and planetary sciences."

Course Context:

This is an interdisciplinary environmental studies seminar.

Course Goals:

During this course, students will:

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The grade is based on two exams, a paper, a presentation, and a group report.

References and Notes:

The text for this course (Ruddiman, W.F. 2001. Earth's Climate: Past and Future. New York: W.H. Freeman and Co. ISBN 0-7167-3741-8) is an unusual and interesting book, a very focussed look at Earth history, with a strong systems approach.