CCS 02 — Rising Tides, Shifting Landscapes: The Science of Climate Change
Students will adopt the mindset of a climate scientist. Interactive sessions will guide us through an exploration of climate change using real-world observations, cutting-edge computer simulations, and predictions from advanced Earth system models. Topics covered along the way will include Earth's greenhouse effect, natural climate fluctuations (e.g., the end of the last ice age), and recent regional changes such as the rapid decline of Arctic sea ice. With support from the instructor, students will apply their learning to weekly exercises and develop a final project on a climate change topic of their choice. Students will emerge from the course with a solid grasp of climate science and where climate change, if left unchecked, will take our planet in the future.
Stanford Continuing Studies has lowered the tuition for this course as part of our mission to increase access to education around climate change and sustainability. No math or science expertise is required. However, this course will use some basic algebra and equations as well as explore concepts of biology, chemistry, and physics.