QERM 597 Autumn 2010 Course Moderator: Jim Anderson
Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m.
Location: Loew Hall 310
HOW CLIMATE CHANGES ATTITUDE CHANGES CLIMATE
We will explore the nature of Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management thorough a class practicum on climate change and its affects on public attitude. Climate change, besides increasing mean annual temperature, has the potential to alter the prevalence and severity of extremes such as heat waves, cold waves, storms, floods and droughts. We will survey potential climate impacts, characterize the statistical properties of one or more impact and develop a model to explore how impacts might alter public attitudes on climate change.
The course will introduce the students to data analysis with the R statistical package and rudimentary theories in ecology and cognitive psychology. Over the quarter active discussions of issues and approaches are expected of the students.
Students present short papers and presentation at the end of the quarter
Suggested reading material
September 29 
report on climate extremes 
Website for learning R courtesy of Chloe Bracis 
Weber (2010) What shapes perceptions of climate change? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1(3): 332-342 
Dunlap,and McCright (2008) A widening gap - Republican and Democratic views on climate change Environment: 50(5): 26-35.
Script for Opinion model 
workspace for opinion model 
Suggestion:If you use the workspace you might want to change its directory from temp to something easier to find.
Raw temperature data metadata 
Annual temperature anomaly in text format 
Monthly temperature anomaly in text format 
The article below gives neurological basis for temporal scales in the model
Decision making, impulsivity and time perception Wittmann & Paulus (2008) 
Updated notes for opinion model - now includes external influences on opinion formation