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Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Nancy Di Bella
Sponsoring College:
College of Arts and Sciences
Program Description:
Global Climate Change

May 20 - June 24, 2017



Program Description

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Take 6 credit hours in the historic center of Cuzco, Peru at the beautiful campus of the University of San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL).
Enlighten your perspective on climate change through excursions.
Be transformed by visiting Machu Picchu, one of the 7 world wonders.
Live for 5 weeks in the Andes mountains in housing located within walking distance of USIL's international center and avoid transportation costs. 

Program overview

Dr. Tom Juster offers Global Climate Change [GLY2073] which meets USF's Foundations of Knowledge-Physical Science breadth requirement. It has been modified to incorporate an Andean perspective on climate change. 

Global climate change is the most important environmental issue of our time, and will require an informed citizenry to make the hard decisions that will be needed to confront it. Students in this class will learn about the factors that control Earth’s climate, and how scientists can both infer the climate of the past and make predictions about the climate of the future. The class is open to all students, regardless of their previous coursework in science or comfort with scientific and quantitative topics. Indeed, climate change is an ideal topic with which to develop scientific literacy because it integrates tools used in various disciplines (geology, oceanography, physics, and biology) and because uncertainty is fundamental to the way in which its discoveries and predictions must be presented. This class aims to make those discoveries and predictions accessible.

Although this class will emphasize the foundations of climate change science, we will also take advantage of our location in Cusco, Peru. The long history of indigenous peoples who have lived in this area for over 4,000 years provides a unique opportunity to learn how populations, migrations, and agricultural practices are affected by climate. In addition, today's rapidly changing climate will likely have profound impacts on both coastal and mountainous areas of Peru, due principally to the extreme sensitivity of Peru's tropical glaciers to small increases in temperature. Peru is also strongly affected by the El Niño oscillation, a phenomenon that affects ocean currents and weather, and that may be changing as the climate warms. We will explore these relationships with a few short excursions that examine how climate change has affected Peru in the past and how the climate is changing today.  
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