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An Introduction to the Science of Climate and Climate Change

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TypesOnline and Distance Learning
Professional Development
Subject area(s)Environmental Sciences
FeesThis course is free of charge - please visit the www.climateeducation.net website for further details
Application statusSee course details
Course codeO10C553D2J
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email climate@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 286953.


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This short online course provides an introduction to climate science and modelling and the current understanding of some of the issues surrounding the use of model projections of climate change. The course is a stand-alone, untutored learning experience that can be taken at the convenience of the user. For further information and details on how to register for the course please visit the climateeducation.net website.

Students may progress from this course to Constructing and applying high resolution climate scenarios, which is a 7-week tutored online course that launched in October 2012 (please see course description for details).



This course on regional climate modelling is part of climateeducation.net, a global programme, which aims to encourage the sharing of high quality information about climate science, modelling and the interpretation of climate change modelling experiments. It will do this by offering two short online courses and supporting an online community of knowledge sharing in regional climate prediction.

Participants will automatically be able to become members of the community upon registration. Other experienced climate practitioners will also be welcomed, allowing members to exchange knowledge and experience of climate modelling and related issues.

The climateeducation.net programme combines climate prediction expertise from the University of Oxford’s climateprediction.net team and the Met Office Hadley Centre’s PRECIS team with the expertise of the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education in delivering effective online education.

An Introduction to the Science of Climate and Climate Change is the first of our online courses in climate change modelling. We have developed a second course, which launched in October 2012: Constructing and Applying High Resolution Climate Scenarios.

To find out more about the programme, please visit the climateeducation.net site.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn about the basics of climate science and modelling and how to go about interpreting the results of modelling experiments. It may particularly suit those proposing to use regional climate projection data in impact/adaptation work or those who intend to progress to the second climateeducation.net course, on the design and application of regional climate model experiments. Visit climateeducation.net to learn more about the second course.


To register and start studying the introductory course immediately, please visit the climateeducation.net web site. If you have any questions about this course, please email reciprocate@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Programmes including this module

This module can be studied as part of these programmes:

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