Courses

FALL COURSE LIST

Climate: Past, Present, and Future (SEN)
Subject associations
GEO 102A / ENV 102A / STC 102A

Which human activities are changing our climate, and does climate change constitute a major problem? We will investigate these questions through an introduction to climate processes and an exploration of climate from the distant past to today. We will also consider the impact of past and ongoing climate changes on the global environment and on humanity. Finally, we will draw on climate science to identify and evaluate possible courses of action. Intended to be accessible to students not concentrating in science or engineering, while providing a comprehensive overview appropriate for all students.

Instructors
Daniel M. Sigman
Fall 2022
Climate: Past, Present, and Future (SEL)
Subject associations
GEO 102B / ENV 102B / STC 102B

Which human activities are changing our climate, and does climate change constitute a major problem? We will investigate these questions through an introduction to climate processes and an exploration of climate from the distant past to today. We will also consider the impact of past and ongoing climate changes on the global environment and on humanity. Finally, we will draw on climate science to identify and evaluate possible courses of action. Intended to be accessible to students not concentrating in science or engineering, while providing a comprehensive overview appropriate for all students.

Instructors
Daniel M. Sigman
Fall 2022

SPRING COURSE LIST

Responsible Conduct of Research in Geosciences (Half-Term)
Subject associations
GEO 503 / AOS 503

Course educates Geosciences and AOS students in the responsible conduct of research using case studies appropriate to these disciplines. This discussion-based course focuses on issues related to the use of scientific data, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, the role of mentors & mentees, issues encountered in collaborative research and the role of scientists in society. Successful completion is based on attendance, reading, and active participation in class discussions. Course satisfies University requirement for RCR training.

Instructors
Curtis A. Deutsch
Leo Donner
Thomas S. Duffy
John A. Higgins
Larry W. Horowitz
Sonya A. Legg
Allan M. Rubin
Daniel M. Sigman
Frederik J. Simons
Jeroen Tromp
Rong Zhang
Spring 2022
Fundamentals of the Geosciences
Subject associations
GEO 505

A yearlong survey, in sequence, of fundamental papers in the geosciences. Topics in 505 (Spring) include the origin and interior of the Earth, plate tectonics, geodynamics, the history of life on Earth, the composition of the Earth, its oceans and atmospheres, past climate. Topics in 506 (Fall) include present and future climate, biogeochemical processes in the ocean, geochemical cycles, orogenies, thermochronology, rock fracture and seismicity. A core course for all beginning graduate students in the geosciences.

Instructors
Thomas S. Duffy
John A. Higgins
Satish C. Myneni
Allan M. Rubin
Daniel M. Sigman
Frederik J. Simons
Jeroen Tromp
Spring 2022