Averting abrupt climate change will likely require developed countries to reduce their emissions 80 percent by 2050. How can we get there from here?
This course overviews climate science and explores strategies for transforming electricity, transportation, and agriculture to avert the impacts of abrupt climate change. Averting abrupt climate change will likely require developed countries to reduce their emissions 80 percent by 2050. How can we get there from here? This course introduces the science of climate change and its impacts and explores what it will take to curtail emissions quickly enough to stave off abrupt climate change. In particular, we consider the economic and policy challenges of mitigating emissions from electricity, transportation, and agriculture. The course culminates with each student developing and presenting a recommended approach for curtailing emissions from one of those sectors.
Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Rice University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research specializes in the development of photochemical models and their application to air quality management, uncertainty analysis, energy policy and health impact studies. Before joining Rice, Dr. Cohan worked for the air protection branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He received a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University, a doctorate in atmospheric chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and served as a Fulbright scholar to Australia at the Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Young Investigator Award and a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences team.
Term: Fall 2017
Start Date: Sept. 06, 2017
End Date: Nov. 15, 2017
Schedule: 6:15 – 9:30 p.m.
Length: Eleven Wednesdays
Location: Rice campus
Note: This course is part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program. For more information on how to apply, click ADMISSIONS below.