Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth

Montshire and Osher@Dartmouth have partnered to increase the number and variety of adult science courses offered in the Upper Valley.

The Montshire Museum and Osher@Dartmouth share a commitment to adult participation in science education. Montshire members now have access to the following Osher@Dartmouth science courses—the Osher@Dartmouth membership fee is waived, though the course fee still applies.

For more information about Osher@Dartmouth courses, please contact Osher@Dartmouth at 603-646-0154, or email Osher@Dartmouth.edu. Visit their website at  osher.dartmouth.edu. Montshire members must include their Montshire membership ID number and expiration date on the Osher@Dartmouth registration form.

 

Climate Science and its Implications

Climate science and its implications for climate change and global warming are enmeshed in a heated public argument in America in 2017. That argument runs the gamut from attacks on the detailed predictions of climate models to contentious debate about the general role of science in setting public policy. 

Our course will focus primarily on climate science per se but will also touch on some of the consequences of our current understanding of the Earth’s climate: past, present, and future. We will discuss the basics of the Earth’s climate system, including the principal controls on its evolution over time (sunlight, the Earth’s orbit, and the carbon cycle). We will examine climate modeling and the factors which either support or weaken its role in forecasting. We will investigate the effects of climate change on both natural and human systems and evaluate data that shows these impacts. Finally, we will look at some of the possibilities available for mitigating the effects of climate change and opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint on Earth.

Mondays, September 18–November 6, 3–5 p.m. Fee: $80. Registration through Osher at Dartmouth.