IGA-409: Climate Engineering: Science, Technology and Policy

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus


Day Time Location
First Day 9/10
Meet Day W 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM HKS 1BA 401


An introductory course bringing rigorous analysis to bear on the emerging global challenge of climate engineering. Important in its own right, geoengineering—the deliberate alteration of the earth’s climate—also provides a new lens with which to view climate science and policy. A gram of aerosol in the stratosphere can offset the warming effect of a ton of carbon dioxide, a factor of a million to one. This is roughly the same factor by which nuclear explosives overpower conventional bombs. Like nuclear weapons climate engineering technologies present an extraordinary governance challenge in a divided world. The course is jointly offered by the faculty at Harvard Kennedy School and MIT.  It introduces climate change, climate engineering, and climate policy assuming no prior knowledge of these topics. The course is intended for professional school students or graduate students. Confidence with mathematics and physical science at the freshman level is assumed. The course will have a substantial quantitative component, about two thirds of the content will be science and technology and one third will be public policy.

 Also offered by MIT as 16.S982.


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