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Climate change lies at the forefront of public awareness of science, but its meaning is often misunderstood or misapplied. Studies of past climate change are inter-disciplinary. This module aims to provide a rigorous background to the current and widespread concerns over "global warming" by examining past climates, so as to place the concerns and future-climate scenarios in a longer-term context.
Extrinsic and intrinsic forcing factors on climate
Magnitude, rate and direction of past and future climate shifts
Contextualising contemporary and recent observations of climate change
Climate models: construction, use and validation
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Show a scholarly appreciation of the importance of past climatic change in underpinning the scientific debate on future climate change
2. Have gained and consolidated a scientific and philosophical underpinning of 'uncertainty' in the context of climate change
3. Demonstrate a critical academic awareness and comprehension of natural climate oscillations as the background to climate models that incorporate anthropogenic forcing
4. Have developed an informed scholarly position in relation to the current concerns over climate change
5. Review critically and consolidate lines of evidence from up-to-date research papers in a coherent and cogent form
6. Have enhanced their critical and lateral thinking skills
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