- Code ENVS8003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr James Pittock
- Mode of delivery In Person
Winter Session 2014
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This course is scheduled to be held 8-19 September 2014
This course examines the climate change problem in terms of vulnerability and adaptation from scientific, societal and policy perspectives. There is now a certain amount of unavoidable climate change, and therefore there a need to adapt to these changing climatic conditions and their consequences. The need to adapt and the kinds of adaptation responses necessary will depend on how the climate changes at a specific location over time, whether the direct or indirect impacts are positive or negative, and the capacity of people and systems to respond. In considering climate change vulnerability and adaptation as a field of study we focus on key theories (conceptual frameworks), methods and sources of information. Key concepts include the IPCC assessment framework, risk, ‘co-benefit’ and ‘no-regret’ policy responses, and adaptation evaluation criteria. Analytical methods covered in the course include climate change scenario analysis and conceptual modelling. Learning approaches include lectures, online modules, workshop discussions and group work, and practical data analysis exercises. These are assessed in written assignments, including a major report analysing the climate change adaptation policy of a nation. Most course material is available online to enrolled students but practical exercises require attendance in person.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to:
- Describe the kinds of climate change adaptation responses that may be necessary and the risks, costs and benefits that these may entail
- Understand key theories, analytical methods and sources of information for climate change adaptation.
- Critically consider the elements of effective climate change adaptation policies at national and sub-national scales.
- Two short wirtten assignments and a presentation (45% of total mark) (LO1, LO2);
- A critique of a climate change adaptation policy of a nation (2,000 words plus references, 55% of total mark) (LO3).
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IPCC, 2007: Summary for Policymakers, in "Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" available at: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg2/en/contents.html.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5413||08 Sep 2014||09 Sep 2014||12 Sep 2014||19 Sep 2014||In Person||N/A|