Course code EDS260

EDS260 Global Environmental Changes

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Course responsible: Bishal Kumar Sitaula
Teachers: Lars Kåre Grimsby, Jens Bernt Aune
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Course contents:
Definition of terms, introduction to earth system science and global change, anthropogenic global change (systemic and cumulative), land degradation, ecosystem processes, potential impacts of climate change on food and agricultural systems, climate change impacts on biodiversity, linkages of global environmental issues, global responses and local actions, carbon sequestration, land degradation, global water/glacier melting issues, conventions on desertification, conventions on biodiversity, transformation in changing climate,  case studies, reflective/contemplative practice and prospects of sustainable future in changing environment,
Learning outcome:
Be able to describe the major global environmental challenges. Understand the Anthropogenic influences in earth system, and global change including ecosystem processes relating to climate change, land degradation, emission of greenhouse gases and their individual as well as aggregated impacts. Understand the key issues related to major global change at various contexts covering climate change, land degradation, soil and carbon sequestration, biological diversity, global food production, Be familiar with life cycle assessment, pathways for agriculture production, relevant international conventions and agreements. Be familiar with the reflective/contemplative practice and prospects of sustainable future and concept of transformation in changing climate/ environment.
Learning activities:
Lectures mainly on campus, some online lectures.
Teaching support:
Selected articles, the details will be shared on CANVAS
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written home exam on Wiseflow. Exam in English only. A-F.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
26 hr lectures
External sensor will be used for the written exam. 
Examination details: Written Exam at Home: Letter grades