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ENGS 172: Climate Change and Engineering


20S: 10A

Introduction to Modern Climate Change; Andrew Dessler; 2016; Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-09682-0.


ENGS 151 or ENGS 156 or EARS 178, or equivalent.

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.