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Программа курса: что вы изучите

1 ч. на завершение


What you will find in this class.

1 видео ((всего 4 мин.)), 4 материалов для самостоятельного изучения
1 видео
4 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Debriefing Quizzes10мин
Explainer Assignments10мин
A Supplemental Class to This One10мин
3 ч. на завершение

Heat, Light, and Energy

A primer on how to use units to describe numbers when describing temperature, energy, and light. Even if you don't plan on doing calculations yourself, understanding how units work will help to follow the rest of the lectures in the class. If you are interested in practicing your analysis skills, using units to guide calculations, there are some exercises in the Part II of this class.

6 видео ((всего 28 мин.)), 3 тестов
6 видео
Units of Energy5мин
Units of Light3мин
Blackbody Radiation6мин
2 практического упражнения
Optional Problems: How Much Coal to Run a Light Bulb4мин
Optional Problems: Comparing Energy Prices16мин
1 ч. на завершение

First Climate Model

The balance of energy flow, as incoming sunlight and outgoing infrared, allow us to create our first simple climate model, including a simple greenhouse effect. There are two extended exercises in Part II of this class, one an analytical (algebraic) model of the equilibrium temperature of a planet, the other a numerical model of how that temperature might evolve through time.

2 видео ((всего 18 мин.)), 4 тестов
2 видео
The Greenhouse Effect 9мин
4 практического упражнения
Optional Layer Model Problem: How Hot is the Moon?4мин
Optional Layer Model Problem 2: A Stronger Greenhouse Effect22мин
Optional Layer Model Problem 3: Nuclear Winter2мин
Quiz 122мин
1 ч. на завершение

Greenhouse Gases and the Atmosphere

The Layer Model above assumes that the pane of glass representing the atmosphere absorbs all of the infrared radiation that hits it and that it radiates at all infrared wavelengths. In other words, the layer model atmosphere is an infrared blackbody, but transparent in the visible. In reality, greenhouse gases are not "black" at all; they are very choosy about which frequencies of light they absorb and emit. This selective absorption of infrared light by greenhouse gases leads to the band saturation effect, which makes rare, trace gases like methane disproportionally powerful relative to higher-concentration gases like CO₂.

2 видео ((всего 20 мин.)), 1 тест
2 видео
The Band Saturation Effect12мин
1 практическое упражнение
Model Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere12мин
1 ч. на завершение

The Structure of the Atmosphere

The greenhouse effect works because the air in the upper atmosphere is colder than the ground, so that absorption and re-emission of IR by greenhouse gases decreases the amount of energy leaving the planet to space. Here we explore the physics responsible for keeping the upper atmosphere cold.

4 видео ((всего 30 мин.)), 1 тест
4 видео
Pressure in a Standing Fluid10мин
Water Vapor and Latent Heat8мин
Moist Convection2мин
1 практическое упражнение
Model the Lapse Rate and Greenhouse Effect10мин
1 ч. на завершение

Weather and Climate

Another property of the real world, missing in our model so far, is that the real world is not everywhere the same temperature, and the heat fluxes to and from space do not necessarily balance at any given time or location. This is because the winds in the atmosphere and the currents in the ocean carry heat around, in general from the hot tropics up to the cold high latitudes.

4 видео ((всего 18 мин.)), 1 тест
4 видео
Coriolis Acceleration5мин
Geostrophic Motion5мин
The Turbulent Cascade3мин
1 практическое упражнение
Quiz 224мин
4 ч. на завершение


Feedbacks are loops of cause-and-effect that can either stabilize Earth's climate or amplify future climate changes. There is an exercise in Part II of this class where you solve for a planet's temperature by iteration, and in the process demonstrate a runaway ice albedo feedback that might have led to the Snowball Earth climate state 700 million years ago.

6 видео ((всего 34 мин.)), 8 тестов
6 видео
Ice Albedo Feedback2мин
Water Vapor Feedback7мин
Climate Sensitivity4мин
7 практического упражнения
Model Sunlight, Albedo, and Climate12мин
Extract the Water Vapor Feedback from Climate Model Results6мин
Model Clouds 1: IR6мин
Model Clouds 2: Full-spectrum10мин
Model Aerosols and Climate8мин
Calculate the Climate Sensitivity24мин
Quiz 326мин
2 ч. на завершение

The Carbon Cycle

Now we shift gears in a major way — away from climate physics (you now have seen its main ingredients) to the emergent miracle that is the carbon cycle on Earth. Not only is carbon the chemical element of life, it is also the means of storing life's energy. We will look at how carbon cycles through the land, the oceans, and the deep earth, going in and out of the atmosphere -- and how that stabilizes the earth's climate.

9 видео ((всего 48 мин.)), 4 тестов
9 видео
The Goldilocks Planets3мин
The Oceans in the Carbon Cycle5мин
The Land Biosphere in the Carbon Cycle5мин
The Battery of the Biosphere5мин
Oxidation and Reduction of Carbon6мин
Natural Gas2мин
4 практического упражнения
Model the Global Carbon Cycle22мин
Model Ocean/Land CO₂ Uptake with ISAM12мин
Model Intended vs. Greenhouse Yields6мин
Quiz 422мин
6 ч. на завершение

The Perturbed Carbon Cycle

On the carbon locked up in fossil fuels and what happens when we burn those fuels. In Part II of this class, you can create a simple but somewhat realistic model of Earth's temperature evolution in the coming decades, in response to the release of CO2 (or in the sudden stop of emissions in a scenario called "The world without us").

7 видео ((всего 37 мин.)), 7 тестов
7 видео
Where Our Carbon Is Going3мин
Ocean Buffer Chemistry6мин
The Perturbed Carbon Cycle2мин
Methane as a Greenhouse Gas8мин
The Long CO₂ Tail5мин
Why the CO₂ Tail Matters6мин
5 практического упражнения
Model Hubbert's Peak8мин
Model Kaya Identity20мин
Model Methane and Slugulator18мин
Model the Long Tail12мин
Quiz 516мин
3 ч. на завершение

Looking for a Human Impact on Climate

You have now seen the ideas behind the forecast for a human impact on Earth's climate. The next question is: Do we see it happening today? It turns out that the "smoking gun" for a human impact on climate is the global average temperature record since about the 1970's. In order to interpret that temperature change, we need to consider it within the context of natural climate changes in Earth's geologic past.

10 видео ((всего 45 мин.)), 7 тестов
10 видео
Sea Surface Temperature Records3мин
Satellite Temperature Records2мин
The Smoking Gun: Warming Since the 1970s6мин
Paleoclimate and Proxy Measurements3мин
Tree Rings4мин
Borehole Temperatures2мин
Oxygen Isotopes4мин
Solar Intensity and the Hockey Stick6мин
Glacial - Interglacial Cycles6мин
6 практического упражнения
Make Maps of Climate Models Warming4мин
Look for the Smoking Gun10мин
Browse the Global Glacier Length Data4мин
Model Borehole Temperatures4мин
Analyze Recent Solar Intensity Changes8мин
Quiz 612мин
4 ч. на завершение

Potential Impacts

This unit we focus on the potential impacts of continued business-as-usual CO2 emissions. This is also the topic of the Working Group 2 volume of the IPCC reports (the Working Group 1 report is on the scientific basis, which is what we've been studying so far this course). You may find this material distressing, but hang on, because next week we'll go over "Mitigation", which is what it takes to avoid climate change (treated in the Working Group 3 report). Remember that most of the carbon we're worried about is still in the ground, so these impacts are inevitable only if we continue to decide to make them so. In Part II of this class, you can create a simple ice sheet model of your own.

12 видео ((всего 30 мин.)), 10 тестов
12 видео
Impacts of Sea Level2мин
Antarctic Ice Sheet2мин
Greenland Ice Sheet3мин
Paleo Sea Level Changes2мин
Water Vapor and Storminess1мин
Extreme Weather1мин
Ecosystem Impacts2мин
Human Impacts1мин
9 практического упражнения
Water Stress in Climate Model Results6мин
Model Permafrost6мин
Model Changes in Sea Level10мин
Play with an Ice Sheet Model, ISM12мин
Short vs Long Term Sea Level Change12мин
Find the Increase in Low-Level Humidity in Models4мин
Extract AR5 Model Lapse Rates6мин
Model Hurricanes12мин
Quiz 720мин
6 ч. на завершение


The last unit of the class finds us considering the options for avoiding, or "mitigating," a human impact on Earth's climate. Bottom line: I think it would be a challenge that humankind could beat if we decided to. If there hypothetically were no more coal on Earth, our potential to alter the climate would be much less. Finding energy sources in that world would not be an existential threat would just be a business opportunity. The hard part, in my opinion, is making that decision.

8 видео ((всего 38 мин.)), 1 материал для самостоятельного изучения, 10 тестов
8 видео
Temperature Targets1мин
Slug Theory5мин
Geoengineering: CO₂ Capture and Sequestration6мин
Geoengineering: Solar Radiation Management3мин
Economics of Climate Change8мин
Mitigation: Short-Term4мин
Mitigation: Long-Term3мин
1 материал для самостоятельного изучения
Survey on Attitudes toward MOOC technology10мин
8 практического упражнения
Model Stabilization Scenarios2мин
Model Temperature Targets2мин
How well does Slugulator do at Slug Theory?12мин
Model CO2 Sequestration2мин
Model SRM Geoengineering4мин
How Many Wedges?2мин
How Much Carbon-Free Energy by 2100?2мин
Quiz 828мин
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Лучшие отзывы о курсе Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change

автор: SLOct 6th 2016

A great introductory course into Global Warming as well as modelling which gives you a better insight into what is actually happening with our planet. Started another course and it all fits in.

автор: SKMay 27th 2019

It's a very comprehensive and extremely tough course to negotiate. Some of the quiz answers are still a mystery. It has arisen the appetite of Climate Change within me, like never before.



David Archer

Geophysical Sciences

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