Preference to freshman. Focus is on the complex climate challenges posed by the substantial benefits of energy consumption, including the critical tension between the enormous global demand for increased human well-being and the negative climate consequences of large-scale emissions of carbon dioxide. Topics include: Earth’s energy balance; detection and attribution of climate change; the climate response to enhanced greenhouse forcing; impacts of climate change on natural and human systems; and proposed methods for curbing further climate change. Sources include peer-reviewed scientific papers, current research results, and portrayal of scientific findings by the mass media and social networks.
- Enrollment limited. Preference to rising Stanford freshmen and sophomores who haven’t had the opportunity to take an IntroSem previously.
- Instructor is Noah Diffenbaugh, Associate Professor with the Stanford Earth System Science Department.
- This course follows a non-standard schedule. Please see the Summer Session Non-Standard Schedule Calendar for special deadlines.