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Physics doesn’t lie so why is there so much heat and controversy generated by this debate?

The science behind global warming has been developing for over 150 years and many climate scientists have spent much of their careers in investigating and trying to understand the physical processes involved and the implications for the future.  This course explores the science, history and issues surrounding this subject through lectures from some of the world experts in their fields who are here at the ANU. There will be also time allocated each session for discussion.

Audio and pdf versions of the presentations will be made available online through the CCE student portal.

Course outline

Week 1: Weather and climate- what is the difference?

  • Weather and climate basics
  • Evidence of climate change and the role of Greenhouse gases

Week 2:  Past climates and Oceans

  • Past climates: What can they tell us?
  • Climate change and oceans

Week 3: Local climates

  • Micro climates. How do they affect us?
  • Local climate change -What is happening in the Canberra region?

Week 4: Societal impacts

  • Adaptation or mitigation?
  • Climate Change and health

Week 5: Global Impacts of climate change

  • Present climate change in the broader earth system perspective
  • Agriculture and climate change

Week 6: International aspects of climate change and economic impacts

  • Economics of Climate change
  • Climate change and Island States

Note: Topics/weeks may change depending on availability of speakers.

This course will be presented by ANU academics who are experts in this field. Guest speakers will include:

Who should enrol

If you are confused about the competing claims with respect to climate change and global warming, or just want to learn about the latest science here is your chance to interact with some of the world experts in their fields from the ANU on the topic.