August 26, 2014
GEO 4930-06: Special Topics in Geography
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Bellamy Room 114
How do we know climate is changing. How do we know it is because of us?
Seas are rising and becoming more acidic
Temperatures are increasing and glaciers are melting
Weather events are becoming more extreme (heat waves, hurricanes?, tornadoes?)
My passion is storms. If it spins, it wins. Frisbee.
Hurricanes and tornadoes: Are they becoming more severe as the climate warms. How do we know?
What will tomorrow be like? Decision making under uncertainty.
The beauty of it all. Adrift (4.5 min)
My goal is to help you understand the science behind global warming.
I will focus on severe weather: hurricanes and tornadoes. How are they changing? Changes in extreme weather and climate events, such as heat waves and droughts, are the primary way that most people experience climate change.
I will teach you the basics of weather and climate and I will challenge you to think critically about how and why tornadoes and hurricanes are changing as the climate continues to warm.
I want you to know how scientists come to know climate is changing. I want you to know how to draw and interpret a trend line. Scholarship in practice.
I want you to know what evidence exists that climate is changing. I want you to know how to explain why these changes are linked to human factors.
I want you to be able to list and explain the ingredients for tornadoes & hurricanes. I want you to explain if and why hurricanes/tornadoes might be more numerous and stronger as the globe continues to warm.
Class participation and readings: 20%
Term project: 20%
Exams (Three + An Optional Final): 60%