MOOC: Climate Change in Four Dimensions

Along with several other esteemed scientists and communicators, Science Director Richard Somerville will be teaching a Massive Online Course (MOOC) on “Climate Change in Four Dimensions”.

This free online course views climate change from a variety of perspectives at the intersection of the natural sciences, technology, and the social sciences and humanities. Each lesson features short video lectures by professors Charles KennelNaomi OreskesRichard SomervilleVeerabhadran Ramanathan, and David Victor.

Specific topics included are:

  • the scientific basis for human-induced climate change, including uncertainties and controversies, the historical context for identifying the climate problem, links to other issues such as air pollution, and the evidence for extreme as well as irreversible climate changes;
  • communication and social responses to the scientific evidence, including the role of science in the media;
  • assessment of climate impacts and adaptive management; and
  • 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.

Enrollment for the course, which begins April 8, 2014 and runs for 10 weeks, is here:

The course is designed for individuals with previous collegiate experience, and will be taught in an online lecture format. There are no specific background requirements and everyone is welcome.

RealClimate has written up some other climate-relevant MOOCs here: