Class begins 19 January
WEEK1: WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF CLIMATIC CHANGE? The earth's orbit, the sun, volcanoes, feedback loops, ocean circulations.
WEEK 2: WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE THAT CAN BE USED TO ESTABLISH CLIMATIC CHANGE? Ice cores, tree rings, pollen analysis, glaciers, and historical documents.
WEEK 3: THE ICE AGES: in context of the geological time scale, the most recent one in the UK, the Pleistocene, glacial and interglacials.
WEEK 4: WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING AND THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT? What is the evidence for global warming? An analysis of the mechanism of how the greenhouse effect works.
WEEK5: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. A case study into the work and career of Al Gore and his life time's work into drawing attention to the effect of global warming.
WEEK6: WARMING UP FOR THE ICE AGE. The concept of the Thermo Haline Conveyor. Could the Gulf Stream switch off? The Day after Tomorrow.
WEEK 7: THE LITTLE ICE AGE IN EUROPE AND THE UK. An analysis of the last 1000years of climate, with special reference to climate in the Middle Ages.
WEEK 8: EXTREME WEATHER AND GLOBAL CLIMATIC CHANGE. How does this link to flooding, droughts, hurricanes, their severity and frequency.
WEEK 9: GLOBAL WIERDING. The most recent thoughts on global climatic change. The most recent work of meteorologists and climatic scientists from around the world.
WEEK 10: THE FUTURE OF PLANET EARTH. What can be done to control global warming and climatic change? Will we be able to modify the weather?