Weekly study3 hours
Climate Change: The Science
Learn what climate change is, and how it affects the planet
Climate Change poses an increasing threat to the stability of Earth’s systems. If we want to protect our planet from dangerous and unprecedented change, first we must understand the science behind climate change.
On this course you will explore this science, looking back across 4 billion years of Earth’s history to help you learn the difference between ‘natural’ from ‘human’ induced change; looking to the present to see how the impacts of climate change are already being felt; and finally looking to the future to see what it might hold for our planet.
Week 1 - Feedbacks
- Introduction to Climate Science
- Fundamental feedbacks in the Climate System
- Human drivers of change
Week 2 - Evidence
- Ancient past climate change
- Recent past climate change
- Identifying signs of climate change
Week 3 - Impacts
- Impacts on the Cryosphere
- Impacts on the Oceans
Week 4 - Future
- Modelling future climate projections
- The ‘Anthropocene’ and the ‘Great Acceleration’
- Taking action
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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?
You don’t need any prior knowledge of climate change, just an interest in science, nature and the environment.
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