IPCC, 2014: Summary for policymakers. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts,Adaptation, and Vulnerability. – This is the summary of risks posed by climate change. It is a companion to the document we have already reviewed on whether there is climate change.
General Circulation Models of Climate – this is a great history of weather modeling and forcasting, with a focus on the development of climate modeling. Not required, but a good read for the interested.
Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices – National Academies Press
You will need to create a free account to download this. The NAP is tremendous public resource which you should become familiar with. We will use more of their work in this course. Read through this for class, it continues our overview of climate change.
Liu, Zhengyu, Jiang Zhu, Yair Rosenthal, Xu Zhang, Bette L Otto-Bliesner, Axel Timmermann, Robin S Smith, Gerrit Lohmann, Weipeng Zheng, and Oliver Elison Timm. “The Holocene Temperature Conundrum.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014, 201407229. – This paper questions the assumptions behind the existing climate models and whether the earth would be warming or cooling if man were not here. Do not worry about the technical detail, just look at the graphs of the temperature changes over the past 25k years and the conclusions about uncertainty in climate sensitivity.
Humans need not apply – the future of work in the age of automation – a couple of us were talking about this after class. This gets to the core problem of the future economy – cheaper technology/energy does not necessarily do society as a whole a lot of good.
IPCC Summary for Policy Makers, pages 3-32 of the Summary Volume.