GEOS 280
Carbon dioxide uptake and our climate future
Last Offered n/a
Division III Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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Because of the failure to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, it is now clear that removal of carbon dioxide already emitted to the atmosphere is necessary to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius maximum warming target to avoid severe and irreversible consequences from continued greenhouse gas emissions. Natural carbon sinks have already taken up two thirds of the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and these terrestrial and marine systems are being investigated to determine if this uptake can be enhanced by geoengineering: human intervention to offset the impacts of climate change. In addition, technologies are being developed to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, though none are yet operating at a large enough scale and low enough cost. In this tutorial, students will study the terrestrial, near-coastal, and deep-ocean carbon cycles, and analyze both the capacity for future natural uptake, the potential augmented uptake that could be achieved by deliberate manipulation of these systems, and the impacts of these carbon cycle perturbations on ecosystems and humans. Students will evaluate the scientific basis behind real startup ventures and carbon credit schemes that capitalize on the exploding interest and investment in carbon uptake technologies. And they will write a research proposal for investigating and/or testing a scientifically compelling carbon uptake strategy. This course is in the Oceans and Climate group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 0
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on the critical analysis of readings through discussion, writing and revision
Prerequisites: one GEOS course or ENVI 102
Enrollment Preferences: students with a strong interest in Geosciences, Geosciences majors, Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: Each student will write five 5-page papers and five 1-page response papers; students will give and receive feedback through peer review and tutorial meeting discussion and will develop their writing and critical analysis skills through revision.
Attributes: GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans

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