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Postgraduate Course: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (PGGE11126)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course first introduces some of the fundamentals of climate change science. It goes on to examine past, current and projected global to local scale impacts. It then explores the potential for adaptation at these different scales and the potential win-wins of coupling adaptation with mitigation. Additionally, the course covers the international development implications of human induced climate change, the communication of climate change, and the issues of transboundary climate change impact assessment.
Course description The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a high-level understanding of climate change science, impacts and adaptation at global, national and local scales. Key impacts and adaptation strategies will be introduced via outputs from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), with a focus on sector-relevant issues. The course syllabus builds from the scientific basis of climate change, attribution and projection, through to examination of impacts and adaptation at a range of scales. The course is designed so that students with little or no previous expertise in climate change science, impacts and adaptation will gain the underlying knowledge required to inform impact and adaptation assessments. Lectures will be delivered in various formats and supported by tutorials (these may take place online and some lectures may be pre-recorded for those unable to access scheduled lectures due to travel restrictions). The lectures will cover the following topics: The foundations of climate change science, impacts of a changing climate on multiple sectors and regions, climate risk assessment including vulnerability and capacity, climate change adaptation, international agreements and regional policies, communication and knowledge exchange, climate justice and international development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on Taught MSc programmes within the School of Geosciences.
Students are not permitted to audit this course.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100% -

Individual video or podcast on Local/Regional Climate Change Impacts (30%) - due week 7

Individual Climate Change Adaptation Report (essay) (70%) due week 12

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand to a high level projected climate change impacts and adaptation at global, national and local scales, with a focus on business and industry.
  2. be familiar with climate prediction models, feedback processes and uncertainties.
  3. evaluate implications of climate change impacts and adaptation at scales ranging from global to local.
  4. understand the regulatory issues of human-induced climate change.
  5. understand in depth climate change communication approaches, sceptical arguments and scientific counter-arguments.
Reading List
IPCC (2014) Fifth Assessment Report - Synthesis Report
The Hot Topic by Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King
IPCC (2018) Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5oC

As well as reading the required texts, the following documents are recommended:

Met Office (2018) UK Climate Projections 2018

UKCIP (2017) Adaptation Showcase

UKCIP (2013) Adaptation Case Studies
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon different empirical sources, analytical perspectives and sub-disciplines within carbon management studies.
Students will also be able to demonstrate an ability to acquire and apply specialist knowledge.
Finally, students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

KeywordsPGGE11126 vulnerability,feedbacks,climate science,climate proxies,modelling,projection,comm
Course organiserDr Katherine Crowley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2519
Course secretaryMs Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50
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