ENGS 172: Climate Change and Engineering


15W: 2A

No hard copy textbooks are required for this course. The following three IPCC reports are available for free download at the IPCC site:

Climate Change 2013 - The Physical Science Basis: Working Group I: Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Climate Change 2013), Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Climate Change 2014 – Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: Working Group II: Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

Climate Change 2014 – Mitigation of Climate Change: Working Group III: Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

The Path to More Sustainable Energy, 2013. B.W. Ebenhack & D.M. Martinez. This is an e-book that is available online free through the library.


Junior or senior standing in the Science Division; graduate standing in engineering or science; or permission

The current assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be examined. The course will begin by scrutinizing the scientific basis of the assessment. Subsequently, regional and global impact projections will be examined. The technological options will be examined with respect to research and capitalization priorities, both corporate and governmental. Finally, the possibilities for novel governance structures based on a scientific understanding will be examined. Weekly critical presentations of the source material will be required. The course will culminate in the preparation, presentation, and refinement of a term paper of the student's choosing.