Certificate in Climate Change & Society

Bridge the gap between science and community

As of January 18, 2011, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has approved a new certificate program in Climate Change & Society to be offered within the MLAS Program. The four courses for the certificate will be offered in rotation over four semesters.

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CCS 560: Fundamentals of Climate Change Science

Foundational examination of how earth systems interact to cause regional and global climate change. Past climates will be studied to learn how feedbacks between the earth, atmosphere, biosphere and cryosphere drive natural climate change. Predictions of future climates will be presented by means of theory, modern observations and computer projections based on human activities.

CCS 560: Visualization for Climate Change Information and Decision–Making

Survey of climate observational datasets and the tools that are used to visualize and analyze them. Includes working with climate model output, using geographic information systems (GIS) for climate change decision-making and analyses of climate change impacts.

CCS 560: Decision Modeling and Statistics

Analysis of data to represent facts, guide decisions and test opinions in managing systems and processes. Includes basic statistical inference including regression analysis, correlation, classification, filtering and smoothing. Special emphasis is placed on the analysis of climate data.

CCS 560: Communicating Science

Explores methods to bridge the gap between scientific findings and their understanding by the general public. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical approaches to developing successful communication campaigns, including the use of focus groups to determine the best course of action.