Course code FYS140

FYS140 Climate change, sustainability and adaptation

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .

Course responsible: Bjørn Hallvard Samset
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Course contents:

The Earth’s climate, and climate change through history. Weather and meteorology. Radiation balance, carbon cycle and greenhouse effect. Current climate change, causes and consequences. Climate scenarios. Climate risk, and climate policy. Emissions mitigation, and adaptation to a new climate.

The course replaces FYS161 - Meteorology and Climate

Learning outcome:
Students are to understand the basic physical principles behind the Earth’s weather and climate, and how and why they are currently changing. The students will also understand the connections between climate, society and climate risk, and the present and future consequences of man-made climate change. The students will be able to discuss the future evolution of the climate, possible measures for mitigating human emissions, and how we can adapt to a new climate, in light of climate resilient and sustainable development.
Learning activities:



colloquia and self-studies

Teaching support:
By appointment, students will be able to meet the subject teacher outside normal teaching hours. Use of learningplatform Canvas for distribution of course information, learning resources and possibility for communication with teachers and assistant teachers
Name of textbook is given on the course web site before the teaching starts.
MATH100 and FYS100 or Fysikk 1 from upper secondary school.
Recommended prerequisites:
Experience with python or equivalent tool for numerical analysis.
Mandatory activity:
video presentation (counts for the final character)
Multiple choice (1 hour) plus videopresentation (home exam).
Nominal workload:
125 hours including lectures, exercises and individual studies.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
FYS161 - 2 credits
Type of course:

Lectures: 1 x 2hours x 13 weeks = 26 hours.

Exercises: 1 x 2 hours x 13 weeks = 26 hours.


The course is aimed at students who need knowledge of weather and climate in a global perspective, for instance in environment-related studies, ecology etc.

The course will only be given if at least 15 students have signed up by the sign-up deadline.

The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidate`s exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades