ENGS 172: Climate Change and Engineering (pending approval)


16W: 2A

Book: D. Archer, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, 2nd Edition, University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Other resources:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Reports 2013 & 2014 can be downloaded from http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/ :
Climate Change 2013 - The Physical Science Basis: Working Group I: Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Climate Change 2013)
Climate Change 2014 – Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: Working Group II: Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.
Climate Change 2014 – Mitigation of Climate Change: Working Group III: Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.
Climate Change 2014 – Synthesis Report, IPCC 2014.
Renewable Energy Sources and Mitigation, IPCC Special Report, 2012

U.S. Global Change Research Program -- assessments for the United States can be downloaded from: http://www.globalchange.gov/browse/reports
Climate Change Impacts in the U.S., Third Assessment Report 2014

17W: 2A


Junior or senior standing in the Science Division; graduate standing in engineering or science; or permission

Earth’s climate is result of interplay between continental and moving atmospheric and oceanic systems with multiple forcing mechanisms and internal feedbacks. Fundamental heat, mass, and radiative transfer processes impacting the climate system will be examined to understand the drivers of current and past climate. Published regional and global impact projections and adaptation strategies for the future will be examined. Mitigation and sustainable energy will be investigated, and choices on the international, national and local scales will be discussed. Students will be required to actively participate in class by leading class discussions and actively engaging in small group activities. In addition, students will conduct a research project to design an adaptation and mitigation strategy for a community or business in a region of their choice, and will write a term paper and make an oral presentation of their findings.