Course code EDS260

EDS260 Global Environmental Changes

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Course responsible: Bishal Kumar Sitaula
Teachers: Jens Bernt Aune, Lars Kåre Grimsby
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
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, 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 issues, conventions on desertification, conventions on biodiversity, compliance with climate change conventions, international treaties, adaptation and mitigation options, initiatives to address global change issues, case studies, prospects of sustainable future with emphasis on agriculture adoption and mitigation options,
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 context 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 prospects of sustainable future with emphasis on agriculture adoption and mitigation options, policy interventions in providing adoption and mitigation options to address global change issues.
Learning activities:
Teaching support:
Selected articles
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written exam. Exam in English only. A-F.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
22 hr lectures
Course responsible assess the exam. External sensor may be used.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått