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Climate and Climate Change - Kurs an der TH Nürnberg im Sommersemester 2023

Im Sommersemester 2023 halte ich einen (englischsprachigen) Kurs an der TH Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm über "Climate and Climate Change" ab. Mit dem Kurs möchte ich Studenten aller Fachgebiete die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen des Klimasystems und der relevanten Prozesse vermitteln, damit sie Aussagen über das Klima und Klimaveränderungen fundiert einordnen können. Der Kurs findet wöchentlich jeden Dienstag um 14:00-15:30 vom 21. März bis 27. Juni 2023 statt. Die Kurssprache ist Englisch, sodass der Kurs für internationale Gast- und Austauschstudenten geeignet ist. Details stehen im Vorlesungsverzeichnis der TH Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm.

Englische Kursbeschreibung

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to give you an understanding of the different components of the climate system, the processes that govern their variability, the interactions between them, and which drivers and factors lead to climatic changes. The course will familiarise you with key scientific concepts that are necessary for understanding climate and climate changes.

At the end of the course you will be able to explain how drivers like the concentration of greenhouse gases are changing and which impacts this has on the climate, also in the context of historic climatic changes.

The course will give you a foundation for evaluating statements about climate change that you might hear in the media or from friends and relatives and discuss them critically based on our solid scientific knowledge of the climate system.

The course is suitable for students from all subject areas and does not require any specific prior knowledge beyond basic school science.


The course will cover:

Components of the climate system: what are the key climate features of the atmosphere, the oceans, the land surface, and the biosphere?

Drivers, forcings, feedbacks and mechanisms in the climate system: what drives the internal variability of the climate and which external forcings, like anthropogenic greenhouse gases, influence it?

Measuring and monitoring the climate: how do we quantify climate and how do we create comprehensive data sets from measurements?

Past climatic changes: what can we learn about the past from important climate proxies like ice cores or tree ring data?

Climate modelling: How do climate models work, and how do we make sure that they indeed work?

Attribution of past and present climatic changes: how do we find out what caused those past and present climatic changes that we have observed?

Future climate projections and their implications: what are the assumptions and different scenarios that are used for future climate projections?


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