The course "Climate change and its impact on the environment" discusses the climate system and climate models. Modelling scenarios are then used to study global and regional climate change and their potential effects on e.g. hydrology, ecosystems and ecosystem processes, biodiversity, biogeography, extreme events, the cryosphere, atmospheric chemistry and the oceans. Methods of detecting climate change are also covered.
The two focus points for the course are: (1) understanding the causal links that can explain variations and changes in climate, both in the past and in the future, with particular attention to greenhouse gases, the carbon cycle and climate feedbacks, and (2) understanding the impact of these variations and changes in climate on other components of the Earth system, at local, regional and global scales.
Observational data, climate models, ecosystem models and modelling scenarios are used to practice the critical analysis of e.g. data representativity, modelling assumptions and validation against independent information.
The language of instruction is English.
Teaching consists of lectures, practical and supervised modelling assignments, group discussions and project work. Practicals, modelling assignments, group projects, and the course elements associated with these, are compulsory.