On August 17th, 2016, the South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC) will be launching a brand new free semester-long massive open online course called “Managing for a Changing Climate.” Participants will learn about the components of the climate system, including the range of natural climate variability and external drivers of climate change, in addition to impacts of a changing climate on multiple sectors such as the economy, policy, ecosystems, and indigenous populations.
This class is for you if you are a climate scientist, an interested citizen, a college student, or a natural resources agency employee that wants to learn more about how climate change is impacting our planet, and better understand various potential management strategies. Hear from world renowned climate science experts such as Dr. Berrien Moore (International Panel on Climate Change author and Nobel Prize winner), Dr. Renee McPherson (author on the Great Plains Chapter of the National Climate Assessment), and Dr. Ahsha Tribble (Deputy Regional Administrator – FEMA Region 9, former member of the White House National Security Council). You will gain an understanding of how natural processes, ecosystems, and human society are being impacted by climate change today an how adaptation and mitigation management strategies are being implemented across the individual, local, national and international scales.
Each week, participants in the class will watch 2-4 short educational videos, read additional supplementary material, and conduct discussions online. All participants will be evaluated through regular online quizzes, while University of Oklahoma students enrolled for credit will additionally work assignments that culminate in an in-class mock United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties.
Development of this course was funded by the USGS through the South Central Climate Science Center on Grant #G15AP00136, NASA through the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium on Grant #NNX11AB54H, and the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The contents of this course are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the funding agencies.