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Climate Catastrophes in Earth History (105-0-01)


Matthew T Hurtgen
Tech F392
Office Hours: By appointment

Meeting Info

Tech Institute Lecture Room 2: Tues, Thurs 12:30PM - 1:50PM

Overview of class

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental components of the Earth system--the atmosphere, hydrosphere and solid Earth--and more importantly, examine how these components interact in response to internal and external influences to control climate. Within this Earth systems context, we will explore how climate is changing today, how it has changed (sometimes catastrophically) in the geologic past, and how it may change in the future.

Class Materials (Suggested)


The Earth System (3rd Edition). Authors: Kump, Kasting and Crane, ISBN-13: 978-0321597793
ISBN-10: 0321597796

This recommended textbook can be purchased in NEW condition for about $185, USED for $140, and can also be rented for considerably less.

Class Attributes

Natural Sciences Distro Area
SDG Climate Action