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Last Update: 09.19.14

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The Tutorial consists of 8 Lessons which are best read in order. They are intended as a very basic introduction to climate science.  No background in the physical sciences is required and they are written for high school students, college students and adults. Questions about any of this material can be sent to Ray.Climate (@ sign) charter.net and they will be responded to in the Q&A page of this website.

The Essays consist of material I am contributing which provides some background to how scientists carry out their research, but does not deal with the scientific content itself.

The Tutorial material is based upon  my reading of peer-reviewed papers in the climate science literature as well as personal visits and email exchanges I have had with many leading researchers. I am in the process of editing these Lessons in order to provide the source material on which most of these Lessons are based. This information will be found at the end of each of the Lessons.

I express my sincere thanks to the many Climate Scientists who have provided references and copies of their papers and who have answered my questions about their work. I would especially like to acknowledge Dr. Christopher Castro, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona; Dr. Ken Caldeira, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Sciences; and Drs. Lisa Sloan and Mark Snyder, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, U.C. Santa Cruz for generously providing PowerPoint presentations from which many of the figures in this Tutorial were taken.

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Essays

01.  The Peer Review Tradition  4/1/10
02. 
Communicating Climate Science and Story Telling: Five Examples  12/10/12
03.  Numbers Count and a Challenge for Teachers 
3/7/13
          Three examples showing that casual qualitative statements can be erroneous and how
          quantitative estimates can be obtained.  The three examples are:
             -  Electric cars vs. internal combustion engines
             -  The contribution that asphalt paving makes to global warming
             -  The assertion that current sea level rise is just natural
04.  Pow! Oouff! Take That, Strawman!  9/5/14
          Dr. Weymann's response to an opinion article in the August 20, 2014, edition of Atascadero
          News, critiquing the use of straw man arguments and use of lack of evidence and references
          in assertions of facts.
05.  Living Sustainably  9/10/14
          Peter Schwartz, Cal Poly Physics Professor, and Steve Weymann (son of Ray Weymann), offer
          their views of living sustainably. 
06.  Climate Change Revisited  9/17/14
          Cal Coast News asked for an opinion from me on "Climate Change Revisited".  I am posting that
          essay here for two reasons: 1) their reformatting of my submission made it difficult to
          distinguish direct quotes from my comments, the references at the end were not "live" links,
          and the last five references were omitted;  2) I will respond on this website in a few days to some
          of the comments following my Cal Coast News post in more detail than is appropriate in the
          Cal Coast News comments section.

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