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Unit information: Climate Change: Science and Impacts in 2020/21

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Unit name Climate Change: Science and Impacts
Unit code GEOGM1405
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Jo House
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

N/A

School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

This unit provides an introduction to the science and impacts of climate change. It will review the basic science of climate change, and the methodologies used to make predictions of the future. It will also discuss the impact of these changes on all aspects of society and the resulting adaptation and mitigation challenges. Throughout the course, there will be emphasis on understanding the certainties and uncertainties. The interaction between climate scientists and policy and the media will also be discussed. There will also be an opportunity to analyse climate model outputs to better understand the processes and methods involved.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Be familiar with key principles of climate science and the methods used to project change;
  2. Identify robust aspects of climate change science, impacts, and mitigation, and critically analyse science and policy issues.

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through a blended combination of online and, if possible, in-person teaching, including

  • online resources
  • synchronous group workshops, seminars, tutorials and/or office hours
  • asynchronous individual activities and guided reading for students to work through at their own pace
  • computer practical work; students who either begin or continue their studies in an online mode may be required to complete practical work, or alternative activities, in person, either during the academic year 2020/21 or subsequently, in order to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit, prepare them for subsequent units or to satisfy accreditation requirements

Assessment Details

  1. One 1000 word practical report describing results from a climate model simulation completed towards the middle of the unit. (30%)
  2. One report on climate mitigation, no longer than 4 sides of A4, completed towards the end of the unit. (70%)

Reading and References

1. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

2. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007. M.L. Parry, O.F. Canziani, J.P. Palutikof, P.J. van der Linden and C.E. Hanson (eds) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

3. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 B. Metz, O.R. Davidson, P.R. 17 Bosch, R. Dave, L.A. Meyer (eds) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

4. The Economics of Climate Change The Stern Review. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

5. There are also numerous books which provide summaries of the above for different backgrounds.

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