Understanding Global Climate Change

For more information, please contact Toby Dittrich

Climate change lectures

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  • 2013 Earth Day lecture
  • 2014 Earth Day lecture: Due to network difficulties, the livestream is currently unavailable.

Learn about all the Earth Day events taking place at PCC.

Global Climate Change curriculum

Every day we hear more about the state of our planet. What information is accurate and reliable? How will our lives be affected and what can we do to make a difference? To aid teachers everywhere, we are working to make the curriculum below available as an Oregon Educators' Professional Development unit. If you would like more information, please contact Toby Dittrich.

1) Introduction

  • Toby Dittrich, Moderator
    • Physics Instructor PCC
  • Richard Brenne, Co-moderator

2) An Inconvenient Truth: Oregon Style

  • Bill Bradbury (slide presentation)
    • Former Oregon Secretary of State and current gubernatorial candidate (Oregon)
  • Al Gore (film)
    • Nobel Laureate

3) The Science of Global Climate Change

  • Dr. Phil Mote
    • Oregon State Climatologist
    • Director of Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University

4) How do we know Human Activities Have Influenced Climate?

  • Dr. Ben Santer
    • Lawrence Livermore National Labs
    • University of California, Berkley

5) Why Should We Believe Climate Models?

  • Dr. Bette Otto Bliesner
    • Climate Modeling Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado

6) Global Climate Change and Global Food Production

  • Dr. David Battisti
    • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Linda Fergusson-Kolmes
    • Biology Instructor, Portland Community College

7) Climate Change and Population Growth

  • William Catton
    • Professor Emeritus, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    • Author of Overshoot and Bottleneck

8) Dynamic Earth: Changes Abound

  • Dr. Bruce Molnia
    • Senior Research Glaciologist, USGS, Reston, VA
    • Author of Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers

9) Satellites are Watching Earth

  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco
    • Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • Distinguished Professor of Oceanic Sciences, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Eric Rignot
    • NASA
    • University of California, Irvine
  • Tom Karl
    • Director, National Climate Data Center, NOAA
  • Dr. Ralph Basilio
    • Director, OCO Satellite Program, NASA

10) Top Ten Questions on Climate Change

  • Robert Henson
    • Author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change

11) Confronting the Climate Change Energy Challenge

  • Dan Schrag
    • Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment


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