An introductory climate change course, created by the CAMEL Community
This course is designed for an online environment and
is being piloted during the Spring 2011 semester at UNLV.
The intial set of students that comments are based on were junior high and high school teachers.
The text used for the couse was Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines by Arnold Bloom.
Week One Assignment - Scientific MethodLast Updated on 2011-01-20 09:32:47Week on assignment: This is a course on climate science, so we are going to start with a quick reminder of the scientific method. Read the description at this site:
Pay particular attention to the part that describes common mistakes to applying the scientific method. The supposed “debate” that occurs in American culture over the truth of global warming focuses on finding errors in the scientific data that shows that human caused climate change is occurring.
How can these mistakes be eliminated in scientific studies?
How do we see those methods of eliminating these errors in climate science?
This is an introductory week, so I don’t expect the answers to go in depth in breaking down a scientific study, but the concepts should be easy to find (especially since the answer to the first... More »
Week Two Discussion - feedback loops and proxiesLast Updated on 2011-01-20 09:15:35Pick only one of the following two concepts. Post a discussion under this Topic to either fully explain the concept or to describe how you would teach this concept to your own students:
(1)Albedo acts as a positive feedback loop in the climate system where the increased loss of albedo continues to increase temperature which causes an increased loss in albedo and increased temperatures or an increase in albedo causes a decrease in temperature which causes an increase in albedo, etc. Population dynamics show that there are natural population controls that act as negative feedback loops. If the population of deer in a forest increases, the food available decreases causing a drop in the population. Design a way to explain feedback loops to your students and the dangers of feedback loops in global warming (small changes can create large, long term consequences) – giving us a limited... More »
Week one Discussion - intros, expectations, and burning questionsLast Updated on 2011-01-20 09:02:21For the discussion, I just want you to state an expectation you have for this course and any burning questions you have about global warming that you have a hard time answering for yourself. We may not answer all of them right away, but I will go back and make sure that we answer all of them by the end of the course. More »
Syllabus Last Updated on 2011-01-18 00:00:00ENV 794: Special Topics - Climate Change Education
Spring 2011 Online Course
Instructor: Tricia Mynster
Email: through webcampus email
Office: GUA 3204
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday and 3 PM. During these office hours I will be available for live chat at WebCampus. We can also schedule chats at any time and schedule appointments in my office if that is an option for you.
This course explores the science of climate change. We will investigate the history of Earth’s climate, the causes of climate change, the effects of climate change, opportunities to mitigate (or reduce) climate change, and strategies for adapting to a changing climate. Since this course... More »
Lecture: Stephen Schneider Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Video Last Updated on 2010-10-07 00:00:00
This video is of a lecture that Stephen Schneider presented a number of times. It covers climate change from a risk perspective, discussing the underlying science, uncertainties, and implications of different possible decisions. Here is it captured with many (although not all) of his graphics. It is a well organized, evenly presented lecture that carefully differentiates questions of "what we know" from "what we should do." It presents data and modelling at a level appropriate for undergraduates.
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