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Climate Change, Global Warming and Energy Resources

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-109

Formerly listed as: GEOL-09

Moodle site: Course


Kinuyo Kanamaru (Section 01)


From the earliest civilizations, humankind has been a major agent of environmental change. However, from the dawn of the industrial age, when fossil fuels were first tapped as an energy resource, the rate of this change has increased exponentially. In this course, we will discover how and why human activity influences climate change by examining the recent geologic record of our climate and by exploring processes that affect the climate in modern natural systems. We will then dissect the connection between climate dynamics and the Earth’s energy budget, and understand the extent to which humans are causing climate change. We will also discuss the impacts of climate change to present and future society by focusing on energy resources, including those that are renewable. Further, we will examine what can be done to mitigate the most adverse effects of climate change by exploring diverse issues that modern society faces with ongoing climate change. Three class meetings per week.

Limited to 48 students. Fall and spring semesters.  Visiting Professor Kanamaru.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to first years and seniors


Science & Math for Non-majors


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017