15.023J / 12.848J / ESD.128J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy

Spring 2008

Two pie charts, the left showing temperature increases from 3-4 to 6-8 degrees Celsius, and the right showing increases from 1-2 to 3-4 degrees.
Comparison of likely temperature increases over 1990-2100 with no policy (left), and stabilization of greenhouse gases at 550pm CO2 equivalents (right). (Figure from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.)

Course Description

This class introduces scientific, economic, and ecological issues underlying the threat of global climate change, and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response. It also develops an integrated approach to analysis of climate change processes, and assessment of proposed policy measures, drawing on research and model development within the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: xls.

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Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Henry Jacoby
Prof. Ronald Prinn
Prof. Mort Webster

Teaching Assistants:
Travis Franck
Eunjee Lee

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Graduate

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