Course code KLIMA100

KLIMA100 Climate Change, Research and Societal Impacts

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Course responsible: Cecilie Rolstad Denby
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Will be practiced as suitable, but due to guidance needs, it may be necessary to implement limitations if very large groups are registered.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: This will not be given in the near future.
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course will contain a poular scientific introduction to basic processes of the Earth"s physical climate, where central concepts are carbon cycle, energy balance, radiation, green house gases and effects, climate forcings and feed back effects, atmosphere and circulation patterns, ocean currents and deep water production. Climate variations at various time scales are presented, as El Ninjo/El Nina, Milankovitch cycluses, which are periodical variations in astronomical parameters that induce glacial and interglacial cycles. Which data have provided us with knowledge of earlier ice ages? When did registrations of temperatures measurements start? Why are climate model predictions uncertain? Some topics related to UMB research on social consequences of climate changes will be introduced. Excercises in the course will be based on the social responsibilites of the university resarch, eductaion, innovation and popular scientific communication.
Learning outcome:
The course gives a popular scientific introduction to the Earth"s physcal clmate systems and changes, and social consequences of climate changes. The aim of the course is to provide the students with a first knowledge of the Earth"s physical climate, to enable them to understand the climate debate and and to reflect on the social challenges possible climate changes may lead to in the future. The students will also gain insight in the research activities related to climate which is conducted on the various institutes at UMB, and externally. Both external and UMB researchers will present seminars on research relevant to the knowledge of the Earth"s physical climate, and social consequences of climate changes. The topics will vary, but examples are renewable energy, micro-economy, biomass and CO2 budgets, land use managment, earth observations of continental ice volume changes and ocean currents, local management and planning of flooding emergencies, and building constructions.
Learning activities:
Lectures, compulsory group- and individual work. Exercises in oral and written communication, contributaion to newspaper debates, oral presentation of knowledge to fellow students. Written report on a resarch based exercise at a basic introduction level, applying a global circulation model.
Teaching support:
The cruiculum will be announced well before course start. Litterature: Klima forklart. Christian Bjørnes. Unipub Selected scientific papers.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Exercises, groupwork and seminar series.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Seminars on climateresearch will be presented by UMB scientists and external scientists.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått