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August 15, 2016

Climate Science Center Offers Semester-Long Course

The South Central Climate Science Center is launching a free semester-long open online course called “Managing for a Changing Climate,” on August 17. 

Participants will learn about the components of a climate system, including the range of natural climate variability and external drivers of climate change. Students will also evaluate the impacts of a changing climate on multiple sectors such as the economy, policy, ecosystems and indigenous populations.

This new class is open to interested members of the public, and may also be beneficial for climate scientists, college students and natural resources agency employees. Everyone is welcome to learn more about how climate change is impacting our planet, and about various potential management strategies. More information on the course is available in this online video. Potential students can register online.

World-renowned climate science experts will be leading the course, and include:

  • Dr. Berrien Moore, International Panel on Climate Change author and Nobel Prize winner
  • Dr. Renee McPherson, author on the Great Plains Chapter of the National Climate Assessment
  • Dr. Ahsha Tribble, Deputy Regional Administrator – FEMA Region 9, and former member of the White House National Security Council

Students will gain an understanding of how natural processes, ecosystems and human society are being impacted by climate today and how adaptation and mitigation strategies are being implemented across the individual, local, national and international scales. 

Each week, participants in the class will watch two-to-four short educational videos, read additional supplementary material and conduct discussions online. All participants will be evaluated through regular online quizzes. University of Oklahoma students enrolled for credit will receive additional assignments and the course will culminate in a mock United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Development of this course was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey through the South Central Climate Science Center, NASA through the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, and the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The contents of this course are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the funding agencies.