Postgraduate Course: Climate Change Management (PGGE11127)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course considers climate change mitigation at a range of scales from the local to global, the role of the public, private and third sectors, and includes an array of options and possible technologies including renewables (solar PV, wind, wave, etc.), carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency and demand reduction. The focus is global though examples will frequently draw upon experience in the UK and other parts of Europe.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
PBL means that learning is focused on a given problem and requires preparatory work to bring to the in-person sessions where individual and collective decisions will be taken. It is very different from conventional teaching as there are no formal lectures and the inputs from the teaching staff will consist of supporting you in your learning journey rather than delivery of material in lectures. We will, however, have some Positions and Interventions being presented, which are podcasts, missives or live talks from experts, stakeholders, academics, business, etc. We will discuss as we go along what Positions and Interventions you would like to hear about and organise to involve them during the course. For example, you might focus on a given mitigation topic, say stratospheric aerosol injection, and wish to make contact with a meteorologist, climatologist or engineer who works on this or has studied the issue. We will assist you in identifying scientists (initially from within University of Edinburgh) and, where appropriate, we will ask that expert to do a short presentation, either live or recorded, and to be available for a Q&A session. Such a session would not need to involve the whole class, but rather those who are investigating this option, though we will aim to make recordings available to all. You are also invited to make your own Position and Intervention presentations, for example on topics which you feel strongly about or feel have been neglected and which you wish to bring to wider attention, or just as an opportunity to learn more about a topic.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Small group project (30%)
Individual Assignment (70%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the major policies, options, measures and technologies for limiting greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, in particular renewable energy
- Understand how changes in the supply- and demand-side of energy occur and interact through (regulated) markets, with a focus on decarbonisation
- Understand and apply the concepts of 'three domains / three pillars' to energy markets, behavioural change and innovation
|Students are required to read:|
Chapters 1 to 5 and 9 to 12 (inclusive): Michael Grubb, with Jean-Charles Houcarde and Karsten Neuhoff (2014), Planetary Economics: Energy, climate change and the three domains of sustainable development, Routledge.
Other useful texts are:
Grin, J., Rotmans, J. and Schot, J. (2010), Transitions to Sustainable Development: New Directions in the Study of Long Term Transformative Change, Routledge.
Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Summary for Policymakers plus other chapters (or sections thereof) as appropriate. All available free of charge from:
The New Climate Economy: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (2014). The Executive Summary and more information on particular topics of interest. Available for free at : http://newclimateeconomy.report/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course is only available to students studying the MSc in Carbon Management. Students are not permitted to audit this course unless formally agreed with the course organiser.
|Keywords||PGGE11127 mitigation,renewable energy,geoengineering,methane,nitrous oxide,project developme
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Shackley
Tel: (0131 6)50 7862
|Course secretary||Ms Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50