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Climate Science: An Introduction

Online Course

An online course by Andreas Schmittner, Oregon State University titled ‘Introduction to Climate Science’ that discusses Earth’s climate and climate change. This course contains lecture videos, exercises, references and various additional resources.

It includes the following topics:-

1. Weather

  1. Weather and Climate
  2. The Climate System
  3. Processes

2. Observations

  1. Atmosphere
  2. Cryosphere
  3. Ocean
  4. Biosphere and Carbon Cycle

3. Paleoclimate

  1. Methods
  2. The Last Two Millennia
  3. The Holocene
  4. The Ice Ages

4. Theory

  1. Electromagnetic Radiation
  2. The Greenhouse Effect
  3. Earth’s Energy Budget
  4. Radiative Forcings, Feedback Processes, and Climate Sensitivity

5. Carbon

  1. The Natural Carbon Cycle
  2. Anthropogenic Carbon
  3. Carbonate Chemistry and Ocean Acidification


  1. Atmospheric Circulation
  2. The Hydrologic Cycle
  3. Ocean Circulation

7. Models

  1. Construction
  2. Evaluation
  3. Applications

8. Impacts

  1. Impacts
  2. Ecosystems
  3.  Long-Term Changes
  4. Regional Changes
  5. Extremes
  6. Impacts on Humans

9. Economics

  1. Economics and the climate change challenge: Understanding incentives and policies

10. Ethics

  1. Do We Have a Moral Responsibility to Stop Global Temperature Rise? Adapted from Moore and Nelson (2010, 2012)

11. Solutions

  1. Technology
  2. Politics
  3. Personal Actions
  4. Adaptation

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is climate science?
  2. How does weather differ from climate?
  3. What is the Greenhouse effect?
  4. How to differentiate between natural and human-induced climate change?
  5. State some impacts of climate change.
About Tool
Tool Name Introduction to Climate Science 
Discipline Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences 
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Earth’s Climate, Recent Climate Change, Atmosphere, Biosphere, Cryosphere, Lithosphere, Anthroposphere, Earth’s Climate System, Climate Science, Global Warming, Climate History, Climate Physics, Climate Politics 
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change 
Type of tool Online Course 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Andreas Schmittner
Hosted at Oregon State University 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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