This online course is provided by University of Winconsin-Madison through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: February 23 to March 31, 2015. 

Course Objective

This 4-week course will feature a new season each week through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate, and societal impacts of climate change. Along with sharing our passion for weather and climate, we’ll convey information from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation initiative as well as findings from the recent National Climate Assessment and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

Learn how the mid-latitude location of the Great Lakes Region and the influence of five massive and stunning fresh-water lakes combine to create exhilarating weather systems each season. Winters are cold and snowy; spring brings thunderstorms, heavy rains and tornadoes; summers are hot and humid and the transition to autumn paves the way for especially windy storms like the one that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald. On top of all this, climate change is adding to the complexity. Numerous observations demonstrate that the climate of the Great Lakes Region is changing. Average temperatures are getting warmer and extreme heat events are occurring more frequently. Total precipitation is increasing and heavy precipitation events are becoming more common. Winters are getting shorter and duration of lake ice cover is decreasing. We’ll share the data with you before focusing on people and communities adjusting to these changes. And to slow the rate of future climate change, we’ll share actions you can take that benefit you and everyone who loves the weather and climate of the Great Lakes Region.

This online course is provided by University of Western Australia  through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 8 weeks, course has ended but course archive available at Coursera

Course Objective

The world's population recently reached seven billion people, and is expected to swell to nine billion by 2050. This growing population is putting pressure on food, water and energy supplies, threatening biodiversity, and contributing to global climate change. We need find a way to meet these challenges while maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment. 

We believe that the oceans hold the key to overcoming these challenges.  

In this 8-week course we will look at:

  • The significant challenges facing humanity now and in the future
  • Identifying the bottle-necks behind these challenges
  • How ocean-based solutions will help to meet the growing demands for resources
  • How ocean-based solutions can be used in climate change mitigation strategies
  • The historical impact of ocean governance on implementing effective solutions
  • The impacts of public perception and attitudes in implementing ocean solution strategies and consider the practicality of successfully deploying them

We hope you can join us.