Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet

Brown University


Spring 2021

Prof. Timothy Herbert

Undergraduate lecture

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This course introduces students to the idea of connections and feedbacks between different aspects of the earth's surface environment on multiple timescales. It emphasizes the connections between the biosphere and physical and chemical influences that shape the climate of the Earth. Earth's evolution can be framed as the evolution of coupled systems, interrupted by "tipping-point" intervals of profound change- one of which is happening now with human alteration.