Postgraduate Course: Climate Change Mitigation (online) (PGGE11207)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines climate change mitigation and solutions, covering technology, policy and scientific understanding. This course examines climate change mitigation at a range of scales from geoengineering to microgeneration. It explores the role of science & technology, economics and innovation in carbon management and the interactions of other drivers (e.g. land-use change, energy access & security, economic development) with carbon management policy and ethics. It includes coverage of international and national targets and scenarios, local and household mitigation, and examines feasibility and implementation of carbon reduction projects such as wind energy, solar PV, forestry and anaerobic digestion.
Please note that there are two live lectures for this course and group catch-ups are held twice weekly. You are encouraged to attend these. All dates for lectures and tutorials can be found in the Course Handbook.
Lecture 1: Introduction to Climate Change Mitigation
Lecture 2: The Three Domains of Sustainable Development
Lecture 3: Policy Mechanisms
Lecture 4: Scottish Climate Change Policy
Lecture 5: Annual COP Update
Lecture 6: Introduction to Sectorial Mitigation Strategies
Lecture 7: Renewable Energy: the State-of-the-Art
Lecture 8: Energy, Waste and Recycling
Lecture 9: Climate Change and the Built Environment
Lecture 10: Solar Cities, Buildings and Communities: The Future
Lecture 11: People and Climate Change
Lecture 12: REDD
Lecture 13: GeoEngineering
Lecture 14: Non-CO2 Mitigation
Lecture 15: IPCC WGIII Summary
Lecture 16: Live Lecture
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (Online) (PGGE11189) OR
Carbon Economics (online) (PGGE11219)
||Other requirements|| This course is only available to students enrolled on PG Cert Climate Change Management (Online Learning) or MSc Carbon Management (Online Learning). Students are not permitted to audit this course unless formally agreed with the Course Organiser.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 40,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Blog Assignment (two blogs over the course of the semester) - (30%)
Deadline: Semester 2, week 6.
Final Report (consisting of a maximum of 3,000 words) - (70%)
Deadline: Semester 2, week 11.
Formative assessment will be provided at several points during the course.
||Written feedback on first two assignments will be provided within 2 weeks of submission.
Written feedback on the final report will be provided within 3 weeks of submission.
The academic team also rely on feedback from you to help them continually improve the course. This feedback can be given either direct to the course director, or via a class representative.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand global, national and local climate change mitigation policies and measures at a high-level, including projected emissions and targets
- Understand the range and potential of low and zero carbon technologies
- Be familiar with non-CO2 greenhouse gases and their mitigation
- Evaluate the potential for geoengineering of climate
- Think criticaly about greenhouse gas control using environmental, techno-scientific, socio-economic, political and cultural frameworks and criteria
|Summary for Policymakers, IPCC Working Group III (2014)|
Planetary Economics: Energy, Climate Change and the Three Domains of Sustainable Development, Michael Grubb (Routledge, 2014)
'Geoengineering the Climate' (Royal Society)
Drawdownż, Paul Hawkens (Ed.), Penguin (2017)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
The course deepens and develops the numerical skills, analytical skills and skills of synthesis and presentation.
Subject Specific Skills:
On completion of the course, students should be able to make an assessment of the key climate change mitigation strategies available to a business or industry sector and to have the necessary knowledge and skills to recommend an effective suite of such strategies. They should also be aware of the barriers to and incentives for emissions reduction projects.
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Shackley
Tel: (0131 6)50 7862
|Course secretary||Ms Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50