Current Research in Climate Change : Security and Climate Change

Course Details

  • Acronym ATMS/ESS/OCN 586
  • Instructor(s) LuAnne Thompson
  • Quarter Autumn 2016
  • Credits 2
  • Meeting Times Tuesdays 3:30-4:50
  • Location OCN 425
  • Fullfills GCeCS Seminar Requirement

Course Description

Projections of climate change suggest human populations will be impacted in multiple ways. The stability of governments will be challenged by extreme events that can impact house, water and food supply. These stressors can in turn lead to migration, political violence, and humanitarian disasters. In this seminar series we will explore these challenges from both natural science and social science perspectives. There will be weekly readings and invited seminars that will invite students to view the challenges of climate change from multiple perspectives.


Course Description

Students in this seminar will:

  • Read, evaluate, and synthesize information from literature in the field of climate science
  • Integrate information from a range of methodological approaches to climate science
  • Speculate on meanings of scientific data, possible future directions and societal implications

This course is offered in conjunction with the OCEAN/ATM S/ESS 475 undergraduate seminar.  Both undergraduate and graduate students will attend presentations by UW and non-UW climate scientists in this co-listed course.