Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast


Video Lectures

Classroom format (~45 minutes) Topical Coursera format (2-12 minutes)
Chapter 1

Intro

Welcome (6:01)
Using Units (3:44)
Units of Energy (5:12)
Units of Light (3:16)

Chapter 2

Heat and Light
Blackbody Radiation and Quantum Mechanics

Heat (4:15)
Light (5:48)
Blackbody Radiation (6:07)

Chapter 3

Our First Climate Model
The Greenhouse Effect

Naked Planet Climate Model (8:13)
The Greenhouse Effect (9:41)

Chapter 4

What Makes a Greenhouse Gas
Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere

Greenhouse Gas Physics (7:42)
The Band Saturation Effect (12:41)

Chapter 5

What Holds the Atmosphere Up
Why It's Colder Aloft

Atmospheric Temperature Structure (8:38)
Pressure in a Standing Fluid (10:58)
Water Vapor and Latent Heat (8:30)
Moist Convection (2:01)

Chapter 6

Wind, Currents, and Heat

Heat Transport (3:29)
Coriolis Acceleration (5:25)
Geostrophic Motion (5:21)
The Turbulent Cascade (3:27)

Chapter 7

Ice and Water Vapor Feedbacks
Clouds

Positive and Negative Feedbacks (4:36)
Ice Albedo Feedback (2:17)
Water Vapor Feedback (7:01)
Clouds (9:15)
Aerosols (5:48)
Climate Sensitivity (4:38)

Chapter 8

The Weathering CO2 Thermostat
Lungs of the Carbon Cycle

The Weathering CO₂ Thermostat (8:44)
The Goldilocks Planets (3:41)
The Oceans in the Carbon Cycle (5:15)
The Land Surface in the Carbon Cycle (5:28)

Chapter 9

The Battery of the Biosphere
Coal and Oil
Oil and Methane

The Battery of the Biosphere (5:16)
Oxidation and Reduction of Carbon (6:11)
Coal (4:20)
Oil (6:59)
Natural Gas (2:30)
Forecasting Future Emissions (3:38)

Chapter 10

The Carbon Cycle Today
The Long Thaw

Human Impact on the Carbon Cycle (3:12)
Ocean Buffer Chemistry (6:14)
The Perturbed Carbon Cycle (2:42)
Methane as a Greenhouse Gas (8:49)
The Long CO₂ Tail (5:37)
Why the CO₂ Tail Matters (6:35)

Chapter 11

The Smoking Gun
The Present in the Bosom of the Past

Land Surface Temperature Records (4:15)
Sea Surface Temperature Records (3:20)
Satellite Temperature Records (2:26)
The Smoking Gun: Warming Since the 1970s (6:54)
Paleoclimate and Proxy Measurements (3:46)
Tree Rings (4:25)
Borehole Temperatures (2:48)
Oxygen Isotopes (4:45)
Solar Intensity and the Hockey Stick (6:19)
Glacial - Interglacial Cycles (6:24)

Chapter 12

Six Degrees

Global Weirding (3:48)
Monsoons (2:09)
Vegetation (2:57)
Impacts of Sea Level (2:01)
Antarctic Ice Sheet (2:52)
Greenland Ice Sheet (3:55)
Paleo Sea Level Changes (2:11)
Water Vapor and Storminess (1:02)
Hurricanes (3:14)
Extreme Weather (1:40)
Ecosystem Impacts (2:31)
Human Impacts (1:41)

Chapter 13

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Stabilization Scenarios (2:27)
Temperature Targets (1:52)
Slug Theory (5:42)
Geoengineering: CO₂ Capture and Sequestration (6:47)
Geoengineering: Solar Radiation Management (3:57)
Economics of Climate Change (8:50)
Mitigation: Short-Term (4:18)
Mitigation: Long-Term (3:55)