- 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 Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof James Pittock
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2020
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This course includes on campus activities between 7-18 Sept. Check timetable. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
This course examines the climate change problem in terms of vulnerability and adaptation from primarily scientific, societal and policy perspectives. There is now a certain amount of unavoidable climate change, and therefore 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. Participants in this intensive course (two weeks) will gain knowledge of methods for assessing climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, as well as how societies in developed and developing nations can effectively adapt to climate change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.
There is a small additional field trip fee of around $30 applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop).
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- Two short written assignments and a presentation (40) [LO 1,2]
- A critique of a climate change adaptation policy of a nation (or sub-national jurisdiction) (50) [LO 3]
- Course participation (10) [LO 1,2]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:
- A 65 hour face-to face component delivered intensively over two weeks comprising lectures, practicals and field excursions.
- Approximately 65 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentation and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined.
Key reference for pre-reading:
- Field, C and Van Aalst, M, 2014. Climate change 2014: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Working Group II. Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, Geneva. http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/
- Adger, W.N., Arnell, N.W., & Tompkins, E.L. 2005. Successful adaptation to climate change across scales. Global Environmental Change, 15(2), 77-86. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378004000901
- Australian Government policies on adapting to climate change: http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/adaptation
- Barnett, J., & O'Neill, S. 2010. Maladaptation. Global Environmental Change, 20(2), 211-213. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VFV-4XY4SDP-1/2/377f3a2c8f973d976587810265cf0df3
- Birkmann, J. & Teichman, K. 2010. Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: key challenges—scales, knowledge, and norms. Sustainability Science, 5(2), pp.171–184. http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11625-010-0108-y
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 2009. Connecting biodiversity and climate change mitigation and adaptation: Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change., CBD, Montreal. http://www.cbd.int/doc/publications/cbd-ts-41-en.pdf
- Dovers S.R. and Hezri A.A. (2010). Institutions and policy processes: the means to the ends of adaptation. WIREs Climate Change 1, 212–231. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.29/abstract
- Ford, J. D., Berrang-Ford, L., & Paterson, J. 2011. A systematic review of observed climate change adaptation in developed nations. Climatic Change, 106(2), 327-336. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-011-0045-5
- Fankhauser, S. and McDermott, T.K.J. 2014. Understanding the adaptation deficit: Why are poor countries more vulnerable to climate events than rich countries? Global Environmental Change, 27:9-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.014
- Hallegatte, S. 2009. Strategies to adapt to an uncertain climate change. Global Environmental Change, 19(2), 240-247. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VFV-4VNCBYR-1/2/0ada4deadb3cb5d2278e60012b35e24e
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