MCCC 5300 Climate Change: Getting Started

Course Guide for the OC Core Course in Climate Change (MCCC 5300)
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MCCC 5300: Climate Change

Climate Change

Course Numbers:

The Societal Perspective: MAMC 4450; MCCC 5350

The Scientific Basis: CZMT 0790; MEVS 5100

The Societal Perspective:

The social consequences of a changing climate are numerous and have the potential to significantly alter human-livelihood and even create community conflict and unrest. In this course, which is one of the two required (core) courses for the Graduate Certificate in Marine and Coastal Climate Change, students will explore climate change from a social perspective. Where appropriate, the course will be explored in the context of the marine and coastal environment.

The Scientific Basis:

Understanding the physical basis of the climate system is necessary in order to make sound predictions about future climate variability and its potential impacts on society. This course,which is one of the two required (core) courses for the Graduate Certificate in Marine and Coastal Climate Change, will examine climate change from the scientific side. Students will learn how the climate system works, how climate has changed throughout Earth's history, and how this information is used to predict the response of climate to both natural and anthropogenic forcing in the future. The course will be placed in the context of the marine and coastal environment.

Climate Change: The Societal Perspective Textbooks:

Climate Change: The Scientific Basis Textbooks:

Climate Change

Course Numbers:

The Societal Perspective: MAMC 4450; MCCC 5350

The Scientific Basis: CZMT 0790; MEVS 5100

In The Societal Perspective, students will learn:

  • How climate change will impact society
  • What measures can be taken to mitigate or adapt to climate change.
  • Who is responsible and who is most vulnerable.
  • Whether we should be actively trying to take control of the climate system in an effort to offset the effects of greenhouse gas emissions


In The Scientific Basis, students will:

  • Relate human population size to natural resources and resource consumption
  • Explain the carbon, hydrologic, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus cycles
  • Describe ecological succession, population ecology, and carrying capacity
  • Summarize the effects of air pollution on human health and natural systems
  • Describe causes and effects of global climate change
  • Discuss sustainable freshwater use and management practices
  • Summarize types of water pollution and methods for improving water quality
  • Identify human activities that contribute to marine pollution and impact marine ecosystems
  • Summarize soil and land resource conservation efforts
  • Discuss human causes of species endangerment and extinction
  • Describe the types of solid and hazardous wastes and how they are managed
  • Summarize the pros and cons associated with various energy sources
  • Write a report, develop a lesson plan or create an interpretive guide based on an Environmental Science topic
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