Book Review: Kerry H. Cook: Climate Dynamics
Limiting climate change and mitigating its adverse effects is certainly one of the major challenges of today and for decades to come. It will also require cooperation across many disciplines from humanities to engineering and the natural sciences. As a consequence, it is of great importance that a wide array of audiences is equipped with a basic knowledge of the climate system’s fundamental processes and feedbacks. Not only will this promote a better understanding of the Earth system, but will also lead to more informed discussions about climate science and its implications for society and policy decisions.
Climate Dynamics, by Kerry H. Cook, is a short, accessible introductory textbook aimed at undergraduate students. It does not assume prior knowledge in Earth or atmospheric sciences and is thus intended for a broader audience of future engineers, scientists and policymakers. The book has a quantitative approach, which introduces the fundamental equations of the climate system and develops, for instance, a series of simple concept models for the illustration of the greenhouse effect. It is therefore recommended that readers have a basic understanding of calculus and physics. However, pages are never overloaded with equations.
What’s the opposite of MOOCs? Is it “Individual Closed Offline Seminars”? If so, where do I sign up?
Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov) October 28, 2013
UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor on Climate Change
The UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Mark Walport, gave a lecture at Cambridge University about climate change.
I was not able to watch it live (streamed via the internet) and so far have not managed to watch it on youtube.
A write-up of the lecture can be found on the website of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP).
In Limbo, Environmental Scientist, Citizen
It has been a while since my last (real) blog post and the reason for this is quite simple. I have been busy:
In July I finally submitted my PhD-thesis on “High-resolution modelling of surface-atmosphere interactions and convection development at Nam Co Lake, Tibetan Plateau” and am currently waiting for my defense.
I am officially in limbo, or whatever the weird stage between submission and defense is called.
An artist’s (Hieronymus Bosch) rendition of the time between submission and defense (Credit: wikimedia commons).
Online course: Global Warming - The Science of Climate Change
A short announcement:
It starts on October 21st and will run for 8 weeks.
So if you always wanted to get a basic understanding of the climate system or wanted to play with an actual climate data (very cool!)
PS: There will be a longer post soon…
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