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Climate Change in Four Dimensions: Scientific, Policy, International, and Social

This is a massive open online course (MOOC) through Coursera. You may take this course for free and earn no credit. Register for course.

If you would like to earn credit for this course, you may do so for a nominal fee. See below for additional information and registration details.

Course Description:
Developed and taught by four world-renowned earth scientists at UC San Diego's Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), the course will review climate change from a variety of perspectives at the intersection of the natural sciences, technology, and the social sciences and humanities. The course will also introduce new topics currently confronting the science and policy communities, such as geo engineering.

Topics include:

  • The scientific basis for human-induced climate change, including uncertainties and controversies, the historical context for identifying the climate problem, links to other important issues;
  • Communication and social responses to the scientific evidence;
  • Assessment of climate impacts and adaptive management;
  • Mitigation of emissions, including the design of national policy instruments, the roles of market failures such as in technological innovation, and the role of institutions in managing international collective action.

Registration Instructions:

    Step 1: Register for the free, online MOOC (no fee, no credit):
  • Visit Climate Change in Four Dimensions at the Coursera website
  • Select the "Sign Up" option (or sign up for Watchlist)
  • Register for course

    Step 2 (OPTIONAL): Course Credit Registration (fee required, 4 units of credit):
  • Click "Add to Cart" below
  • Register for course and pay fee
  • Further instructions will be emailed to you upon registration.

Course Number: BIOL-40282   Credit: 4 units

This course is part of the following Certificate Program(s):

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