Climate Change in the Marine Environment


Exploration of climate change science focusing on marine ecosystems and inhabitants - specifically ocean acidification, warming and sea level rise. Factors causing climate change, and how those vary spatially, focusing on sensitive polar ecosystems and marine mammal populations. Critical examination of climate change modeling using EdGCM (research-grade Global Climate Model), focusing on how scientists use models, observations/theory to predict climate, and assumptions/uncertainty implicit in modeling. Discussion of potential human impacts including consequences of sea level rise and potential increases in disease due to climate change. Taught in Beaufort at Duke Marine Lab.
Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • STS
  • NS
Cross-Listed As
  • ENVIRON 445A
  • MARSCI 445A
  • PUBPOL 445A
Typically Offered
Fall Only