Climate Change 4030-CC

Academic year: 2022/2023
Semester: winter


The outline of the course is as follows:

1) Climate change - why climate crisis?

2) Climate vs. weather. Climate system: components and parameters. Climate measurements and observations.

3) Energy balance of planet Earth. Solar constant, planetary albedo, greenhouse effect. Climate forcings and feedbacks.

4) Human fingerprints on climate: evidence.

5) Climate modeling: principles, verification, projections. Climate scenarios. Carbon budget.

6) IPCC assessment and special reports.


During first five meetings (1-6) I will provide a tutorial: 5 two-hour lectureas about physical backgrounds of climate science and global warming. Paralelly I wil provide a list of topics to be actively covered by the students, All participants will  be assigned   (accounting for their topical preferences) to working groups. The groups will prepare topical presentations, based on IPCC reports and scientific literature. The presentations will be given in the course of the next 6-7 meetings (depending on groups) and discussed by all of us.

In the final meetings we will collectively summarize the conclusions.

At the end of the course, every student will wtite an essay on the specific subject related to his/her interest within the topic of the course.

The final grade will be based on:

  • participation in the presentation (40%)
  • activity in the discussions (10%)
  • the essay (50%)

According yo this year schedule the first meeting will be on Wed, Oct. 6th
You will receive invitation to Zoom meeting by e-mail before the meeting.

REFERENCES and readings:

Our course will be based directly on IPCC reports. All relevant reports are available from: https://www.ipcc.ch/reports/

We will also refer to some key scientific papers, in most cases published in renowned journals like “Nature”, “Science”, PNAS. “Nature” and Science” publish not only scientific articles, but also discussions and commentaries which are interesting and written in plain language.

Typical press materials are not recommended.


Lectures / Leader Lecture type

Szymon P. Malinowski

Jan. 10, 2023, midnight

Lecture documents:
Essay themes and rules - Information for students

Szymon P. Malinowski

Dec. 7, 2022, 12:15 p.m.

Lecture documents:
IPCCReport_Presentation_Vulnerabilities_Adaptations - Presentation
Water supply, sea level, cryosphere - Presentation
Water supply, sea level, cryosphere.pdf
Emision escenarios and future climate - Presentation
Emision escenarios and future climate.pdf
land Use & Food in future climates - Presentation
Land use & food in future climates.pdf
Social crisis & migration - Presentation
social crisis & migration.pdf
Mitigation of climate change Achievements and Perspectives - Presentation
Mitigation of climate change – achievements and perspectives.pdf

Szymon P. Malinowski

Nov. 9, 2022, 12:15 p.m.


Lecture documents:
Lecture 05 - Presentation

Szymon P. Malinowski

Nov. 2, 2022, 2:15 p.m.

Lecture documents:
Presentation themes - Information for students

Szymon P. Malinowski

Nov. 2, 2022, 12:15 p.m.

scientific history

Lecture documents:
Lecture 04 - Presentation

Szymon P. Malinowski

Oct. 26, 2022, 12:15 p.m.


Lecture documents:
Lecture 03 - Presentation

Szymon P. Malinowski

Oct. 12, 2022, 12:15 p.m.

Energy balance. Radiative forcing. Observation systems. Climate models. Ensemble forecasting. Interpretation of numerical forecasts.

Lecture documents:
Lecture 02 - Presentation

Szymon P. Malinowski

Oct. 5, 2022, 12:15 p.m.

An overview of climate change problem.

Lecture documents:
Lecture 01 - Presentation