ESC-40060 - Climate Change Science
Coordinator: Christopher J Fogwill Tel: +44 1782 7 33734
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2021/22

This module covers factors affecting the climate and the impacts that this change is having on our planet and its inhabitants. Topics include how climate change comes about, its effects and how to prevent it, including the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Students on this module gain skills and confidence in interpreting and communicating complex information, basic modelling and data analysis related to climate change.
This optional module is complementary to compulsory modules on the MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology. This module will equip students with skills and knowledge to decipher, relate and use complex information related to climate change, risk and socioeconomic factors.

Aims
This module aims to build awareness and knowledge related to human-induced and natural climate change. The module, using a series of relevant topics, e.g., greenhouse gas formation, interactions, and impacts, forcing factors, modelling and geoengineering control methods, is designed to equip students with confidence and skills to interpret, appraise and relate complex information.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe in detail the fundamentals of human-induced and natural climate change using advanced knowledge at the forefront of the discipline
: 1,2
critically evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in influencing and addressing global climate change: 1
critically assess the role of `geoengineering┐ in mitigating climate change using detailed examples drawn from leading research: 2
evaluate and relate aspects of data related to climate change including resolution, feedbacks and uncertainties: 1
communicate and explain highly complex information related to climate change science effectively to both technical and lay audiences: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours - Twelve, two-hour lectures
96 hours - Directed study
30 hours - Essay and article preparation

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 70%
3,500 word essay
A 3,500 word essay on an aspect of climate change science covered during the module. A choice of topics will be provided at the beginning of the module.

2: Publication Based Paper weighted 30%
800 word journalistic article on geoengineering aimed at a general public audience
An 800 word journalistic article aimed at a general lay audience on an aspect of geoengineering.