ENV-410 / 4 credits

Teacher: Schmale Julia

Language: English


Summary

The course equips students with a comprehensive scientific understanding of climate change covering a wide range of topics from physical principles, historical climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, the IPCC assessment to future scenarios and climate action.

Content

Keywords

Climate change, regional climate change, Earth system, IPCC, greenhouse gases, climate scenarios, climate action

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

none

Recommended courses

ENV-320 : Physics and chemistry of the atmosphere

ENV-400 : Air pollution and climate change

Important concepts to start the course

Basics of physics and chemistry

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Express the basic physics and chemistry of climate change
  • Discuss the concepts of climate variability and climate sensitivity
  • Reason why present day climate change is different from historical climate change
  • Contrast climate change scenarios
  • Apply simple climate metrics
  • Interpret basic climate data and model output
  • Critique mitigation, adaptation and climate engineering options

Transversal skills

  • Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
  • Summarize an article or a technical report.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

In-depth teaching. Exercises with educational support. Project work in teams. Discussions.

Expected student activities

Lecture attendance, exercise assignments, project work, presentations

Assessment methods

50 % exercises, 50 % exam

Supervision

Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Science of climate change
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Science of climate change
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11   INF213 
11-12    
12-13     
13-14   INF213 
14-15    
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Thursday, 10h - 12h: Lecture INF213

Thursday, 13h - 15h: Exercise, TP INF213