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

Spring 2007

A comparison of mean temperatures during the periods of 1995-2004 and 1940-1980.
This figure shows the difference in instrumentally determined surface temperatures between the period January 1995 through December 2004 and "normal" temperatures at the same locations, defined to be the average over the interval January 1940 to December 1980. (Image courtesy of Robert A. Rohde.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings, lecture notes, and assignments.

Course Description

The 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.
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Prof. Henry Jacoby
Prof. Ronald Prinn
Jason Cohen
Marcus Sarofim

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session