Our Earth's Future

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About this course: Our Earth’s Future is about the science of climate change and how to talk about it. You will learn from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology who study how climate change is affecting people, populations, and ways of life. Explore the multiple lines of evidence for the human-induced climate change that is happening today, and consider what that means for the future of our planet. At the end of this course you will be able to understand key scientific principles, identify and address misconceptions, and contribute confidently to conversations about climate change.

Created by:  American Museum of Natural History …

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
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About this course: Our Earth’s Future is about the science of climate change and how to talk about it. You will learn from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology who study how climate change is affecting people, populations, and ways of life. Explore the multiple lines of evidence for the human-induced climate change that is happening today, and consider what that means for the future of our planet. At the end of this course you will be able to understand key scientific principles, identify and address misconceptions, and contribute confidently to conversations about climate change.

Created by:  American Museum of Natural History
  • Taught by:  Debra Tillinger, Ph.D., Instructor

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American Museum of Natural History The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Climate Change Is Happening: See It



Human-induced climate change is happening. But in order to explore the evidence for this claim, we must first ask two questions: “What is science?” and “What is climate?” Once we understand how science is done and the basic dynamics of the climate system, we’ll focus on how scientists study ice cores, and see how evidence of climate change in the past is fundamental to understanding what lies ahead.


4 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Reading: Syllabus
  2. Reading: Resources
  3. Reading: Educator Resources
  4. Video: Welcome to Our Earth's Future
  5. Video: What is science? What is climate?
  6. Video: Communicating Climate Change
  7. Reading: Energy Balance and the Greenhouse Effect
  8. Video: Scientists at Work: Greenland Ice Core

Graded: Week One: Check Your Climate Knowledge

WEEK 2


It All Comes Down to the Ocean



Both the ocean’s sheer size – it covers seventy percent of our planet’s surface – and the properties of water make the ocean a major player in Earth’s climate system. An enormous reservoir of heat, the ocean is an important mechanism of heat storage and exchange with the atmosphere, which has important implications for climate change. We’ll focus on one of the consequences of warming: melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. How might this melting lead to future sea level rise? Scientists are studying geological records of past warming, and associated sea level rise, to see what the future may bring.


4 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Welcome to Week Two
  2. Video: Melting Ice, Rising Seas
  3. Video: Oceanography 101
  4. Reading: The Role of the Ocean in Climate Change
  5. Video: Arctic Sea Ice: The New Normal

Graded: Week Two: Check Your Climate Knowledge

WEEK 3


Climate Change is Happening: Model It



An important counterpart to observational evidence is computer modeling, an essential tool for investigating how the climate system works and how it will respond to continued greenhouse gas buildup in the atmosphere. How do we know that a model is accurate? One way is to consider a past event, enter the historic climate data, and see if the model successfully “hindcasts” the event in reasonable detail. Ever more detailed, today’s supercomputer models can even help identify the potential causes of climate events on a regional scale, as climatologist Dr. Michela Biasutti explains using her research on droughts in sub-Saharan Africa.


3 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Welcome to Week Three
  2. Video: Climate Change: Understanding the Forecast
  3. Reading: Connecting Drought in Africa's Sahel to Climate Change
  4. Video: What are Feedback and Forcings?
  5. Reading: Climate Models

Graded: Week Three: Check Your Climate Knowledge

WEEK 4


Living with Climate Change



Climate change is often framed as a future phenomenon, but it’s clear that people are already experiencing the consequences. What are the effects? It depends to some extent on where, and how, you live. For example, in the Pacific Islands, where sea level rise is threatening entire ways of life, communities have come together to prepare. What happens when there’s no place to go? Coastal communities aren’t the only ones at risk; food insecurity may one day threaten us all. And of course, humans are not the only species affected, and some will be at even greater risk in the future.


5 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Welcome to Week Four
  2. Video: Patterns
  3. Video: Climate Change: A View from the Pacific
  4. Reading: The Impact of Climate Change on Pacific Island Peoples
  5. Reading: Consequences of Climate Change
  6. Video: Declining Sea Ice Affects Caribou
  7. Video: Protecting Wildlife in a Changing Climate

Graded: Week Four: Check Your Climate Knowledge

WEEK 5


Mitigate, Adapt, or Suffer?



What happens next? We don’t know, but the answer depends far less on scientific data than on human action—or inaction. The major uncertainty is the future rate of greenhouse gas emissions, which is impossible to predict because it depends on socioeconomic, technological, and political developments. Furthermore, the risks posed by different kinds of natural phenomena vary widely, and similar events can have very different consequences depending on where and even when they occur. How will the effects be distributed, and how resilient are we? Hurricane Sandy provided lessons about our willingness to accept and plan for a future where severe climate events happen more frequently.


3 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: Welcome to Week Five
  2. Video: Climate Change Risk in and Unknowable Future
  3. Video: Hurricane Sandy in NYC
  4. Reading: Risk, Uncertainty, and the Future
  5. Reading: Resources
  6. Reading: Educator Resources
  7. Reading: Opportunities for Educators
  8. Reading: Support AMNH
  9. Reading: Video Credits

Graded: Week Five: Check Your Climate Knowledge

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