Climate1x - Free Online Climate Science Course starts May 3rd

This is a guest post by the lecturer presenting edX's Climate1x course. Dr. Sara Harris teaches global climate change, environmental science, and oceanography in the department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She has a PhD in Oceanography from Oregon State University and a research background in paleoceanography and paleoclimate.

If you want to master the basics of climate science join Climate Change: The Science starting May 3rd on offered by the University of British Columbia.

More than 170 countries just signed the Paris Agreement with the goal to limit global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial values, and aim for less than 1.5°C. This course will help you understand what it will take for humanity to reach those goals, by learning how the climate system works.

If you’re a teacher, businessperson, journalist, student, gardener, politician, traveler, or simply an interested citizen, understanding the controls on climate and how human actions contribute to climate change can benefit you in your work and life.

The course is designed to help you be able to:

Activities are structured for you to practice with climate science concepts, and include:

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute content for other’s learning, by investigating climate change in your own region and posting your findings to course maps (e.g. Figure 1).  In past offerings, participants have written about bird migrations in Europe, heat waves in the Middle East, forest fires in Malaysia, sea level rise in Kiribati, and hundreds more topics.  This course will give you an excuse and the motivation to find out more about what’s going on near you, plus an opportunity to learn what’s happening in other communities around the planet.

Climate1x-MapFigure 1: Locations of contributors to the Climate Change Impacts Map during the most recent offering of Climate Change: The Science. Red pins each represent an essay written by a participant living in that location. Numbers in blue and yellow circles represent the number of essays from that region.

So far, the course has a 5-star rating.  And it’s free.  You can read reviews from past participants here and can sign up here.  Your timing can be flexible within a 6-week window starting May 3rd, so if you can’t join the course right away, there’s plenty of time to catch up.

If you want to be better able to interpret the news about climate change, evaluate evidence, and talk to your friends and neighbors about one of the most important issues of our time, this course could be for you. All are welcome.

Posted by Sara Harris on Wednesday, 27 April, 2016

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