Postgraduate Course: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (PGGE11126)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Postgraduate Courses (School of GeoSciences)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course first introduces the underlying science of human-induced and naturally-occurring climate change, using the IPCC&Šs Fourth Assessment Report (2007) as its basis. It examines predictive models of climate change and its impacts. It goes on to examine past, current and projected impacts globally, regionally and, using the UK as a case-study, nationally and locally. It then explores the potential for adaptation at these different scales and the potential win-wins of coupling adaptation with mitigation. Finally it covers the legal implications of human induced climate change, the way climate change is communicated, and the issues of transboundary climate change impact assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||WebCT enabled: Yes
|Central||Lecture||Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation||1-11|| 14:00 - 15:50|
|Central||Lecture||Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation||1-11|| 11:10 - 13:00|
||First class information not currently available|
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations||2:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|&ˇ High-level understanding of projected climate change impacts and adaptation at global, national and local scales, with a focus on business and industry.
&ˇ Familiarity with climate prediction models, feedback processes and uncertainties.
&ˇ Ability to evaluate implications of climate change impacts and adaptation at scales ranging from global to local.
&ˇ Understanding of the legal issues of human-induced climate change
&ˇ In depth understanding of climate change communication approaches, sceptical arguments and scientific counter-arguments
|- Group presentation of specific and relevant topic using Problem Based Learning methodology. Assessed by minimum of 2 course lecturers. (20%)|
- Essay assignment (20%)
- Final Exam (60%) (6 compulsory short answer questions (5% each) and 1 essay (choice 1 out of 3 30% of mark) in 2 hours exam.
|This course is only available to students studying the MSc in Carbon Management in 2011/12.|
||'The Hot Topic' by Walker and King
'IPCC 4th Assessment Report Summary'
'The Stern Review on Economics of Climate Change' (summary)
UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) 'A Changing Climate for Business'
|Keywords||PGGE11126 vulnerability, feedbacks, climate science, climate proxies, modelling, projection, comm
|Course organiser||Mr David Reay
Tel: (0131 6)50 7722
|Course secretary||Ms Caroline Keir
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543
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