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OADD 2080 - From Climate Sciences to Climate Intervention?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies

Pre-requisite

Basic acquaintance with quantitative tools
Interest in a scientific understanding of the Earth system

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 soundness of climate intervention.

Teachers

  • Määttänen, Anni (chargée de recherche CNRS)
  • RAVETTA, François M. (Professeur des Universités)

Pedagogical format

Combination of lectures, tutorials and scientific paper analysis.

Course validation

Midterm (30%), Final exam (70%)

Workload

One or two exercises to be solved each week One scientific paper to be read each week

Required reading

Summary for policy maker of the fifth assessment report by IPCC: http://ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf

Additional required reading

Climate Intervention Reports of the National Academies of Sciences: http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/public-release-event-climate-intervention-reports/

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Session 1: Earth's energy budget
  • Session 2: Carbon cycle on Earth
  • Session 3: Climate change: how large?
  • Session 4: Climate change: how fast?
  • Session 5: Climate change and carbon arithmetics
  • Session 6: Climate change and climate intervention
  • Session 7: Mimicking volcanic eruptions
  • Session 8: Whitening or thinning clouds
  • Session 9: Playing with the Sun
  • Session 10: From artificial trees to geological storage
  • Session 11: With the help of Gaia
  • Session 12: Which future for climate intervention?

Short biography

François Ravetta is a professor of atmospheric sciences at Sorbonne Université, 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.
Anni Määttänen is a CNRS research scientist working in the  LATMOS-IPSL laboratory where she is also co-leading the planetology department. Her research interests include sulphur aerosols and ice  cloud microphysics in the atmospheres of terrestrial planets.