Climate Change: The Science
Gain an introduction to climate science
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Climate change is one of humanity’s greatest threats. If we want to protect our planet from dangerous and unprecedented change, we must first understand the science behind climate change.
On this four-week course, you’ll explore this science, looking back across 4 billion years of Earth’s history to help you learn the difference between natural and human-induced change.
You’ll understand climate as a system before exploring how climate change is already being felt. Finally, you’ll look to the future to see what it might hold for our planet.
Explore the evidence for climate change
As you delve into the natural variations in the Earth’s climate, you’ll take a deep dive into the evidence that signals climate change. Within this, you’ll examine key predictable and unpredictable determinants of climate change.
Understand the impacts of climate change on the cryosphere, ocean, and planet
You’ll take a focused look at the cryosphere – the frozen part of the Earth’s system – to understand how it responds to climate change and what impact this might have on the planet.
Next, you’ll discover the consequences of increased carbon dioxide emissions on the chemistry of our oceans.
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Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe the key principles of climate change
- Explore past climate change
- Identify signs of climate change
- Explain impacts on land and ocean systems
- Discuss future projections and modelling future scenarios
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with a keen interest in science, nature, the environment, and/or sustainability.
You don’t need any prior knowledge of climate change or climate science to benefit from this course.
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