Understanding Global Climate Change

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  • Toby Dittrich, PCC Physics Instructor, Moderator and Producer
  • Richard Brenne, Co-Moderator and Associate Producer
  CRN Location Time Days Dates
47770 Online     20-September-2010 thru 22-November-2010
Notes: For login directions email gcc@pcc.edu
Tuition: $25

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Class Syllabus

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