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OADD 2080 - From Climate Sciences To Geo-Engineering?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Basic acquaintance with quantitative tools (mathematical modeling and data analysis)

Course Description

Climate change is an ongoing process. The course will first focus on a quantitative understanding of the climate system. Based on case studies, and going back to the scientific literature, it will then address the question of the scientific soundness of geoengineering.

Theorical and practical course.


RAVETTA, François M. (Professeur des Universités)

Pedagogical format

Combination of lectures, tutorials and scientific paper analysis.

Course validation

1/ Oral Presentation of an article (work group during session 8 to 11) 25%
2/ Mid-term exam (30 minutes during session 6 or 7) 25%
3/ Final Exam (1 hour during last session) 50 % ( 25% 2 exercises + 25 % 2 articles to comment)

Required reading

Summary for policy maker of the fifth assessment report by IPCC:

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Session 1: The atmosphere: a historical perspective
  • Session 2: The Earth radiative budget
  • Session 3: Carbon cycle and residence times
  • Session 4: Radiative forcing, feedback loops and climate stability
  • Session 5: Climate change: how large, how fast?
  • Session 6: Stratospheric ozone and climate change issues: an instructive comparison
  • Session 7: Population growth and climate change
  • Session 8: Solar radiation management (1)
  • Session 9: Solar radiation management (2)
  • Session 10: Carbon dioxide removal (1)
  • Session 11: Carbon dioxide removal (2)
  • Session 12:  Geoengineering or geomedicine?

Biographical information

François Ravetta Professor of atmospheric physics and chemistry at Pierre & Marie Curie university, deputy head of the Laboratory LATMOS-IPSL. He is an associate researcher at Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests are tropospheric ozone and aerosol variability and their impact on air quality and radiative forcing of the climate.