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  Course: GEO 1060
  Title:Global Climate Change:SC2
  Long Title:Global Climate Change: GT-SC2
  Course Description:Presents global climate change from an Earth science perspective including paleoclimatology, atmospheric science, vegetation, fluvial systems, and oceanic circulation. This course analyzes observed and predicted impacts of climate change on the world’s terrestrial regions. This course examines interrelationships among economy, society, public policy, and geographic variation in greenhouse gas emissions at national and regional scales. This course also discusses efforts to mitigate climate change and its causes and/or adaptations to global climate change. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC2 category.
  Min Credit:3
  Max Credit:

  Origin Notes: FRCC
  General Notes:Updated New GT/CLOs/TO effective 202220.

 1.  Define the difference between weather and climate.
 2.  Explain the scientific method and the role it has played in building consensus of anthropogenic climate change.
 3.  Discuss how the evolving study of climate change may have added to popular confusion regarding climate change and where uncertainties remain in the magnitude and/or cause of global warming.
 4.  Discuss natural climate change and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on Earth’s radiative balance.
 5.  Interpret means, medians, and trends in climatic data including analysis of numeric data in graphs and maps.
 6.  Describe the effects and complexities of climate change on human populations including migration, health, economy, and politics.
 7.  Explain the carbon cycle, carbon flux, and the geology of fossil fuels.
 8.  Explain positive and negative feedback loops and their role in the causes and effects of climate change.
 9.  Describe how climate change impacts geomorphic processes and ecological systems.
 10. Discuss sea level rise, observed and expected changes to water resources, and potential for severe weather impacts.
 11. Explain local, regional, and global efforts to mitigate climate change and/or prepare for climate change.
 12. Discuss the potential for conflict associated with climate change.

 I.    Basics of modern climate change
        A.  Temperature readings,
        B.  Changes in greenhouse gasses,
        C.  Modeling
 II.   Scientific method
 III.  Atmospheric and oceanic circulation
 IV.   The greenhouse effect
 V.    Definition of climate and types of climates
 VI.   Paleoclimatology
 VII.  The carbon cycle
 VIII. Geology of fossil fuels
 IX.   Global warming impacts on geophysical systems
 X.    Global warming impacts on ecological systems
 XI.   Global warming impacts on human populations
 XII.  Efforts and challenges to mitigate climate change
 XIII. Adaptation to climate change
        A.  Fisheries,
        B.  Agriculture,
        C.  Coastal preparedness

 Course Offered At:

  Community College of Denver CCD
  Front Range Community College FRCC
  Pikes Peak State College PPCC
  Red Rocks Community College RRCC
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