Analysis of climate change adaptations, responses, and mitigation options. Consideration of impacts of projected climate changes including global water, food and health complemented by regional case studies. Scientific, technologic, economic, political, and behavioral aspects of potential solutions.
The goal of the course is to provide a practical survey of adaptation and mitigation responses to global climate change. Students engage in a variety of guest lectures, case studies, and interactive games to enhance their understanding in thought provoking ways.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
See individual lessons for materials needed.
Responding to Climate Change
Syllabus for course attached
TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
Intended for upper level undergraduate students.
15% class participation – actively contribute to weekly case studies and discussion
25% weekly responses/problem sets (ca. 600 words) - due each xx by xx, posted on discussion section of Courseworks
30% Adaptation Presentation and Paper
March 5 or 7 Presentation – xx minutes
March 9, 5 pm Adaptation paper -- 8 pages double-spaced text plus figures, references, and reflection submitted as an attachment on line under “Discussion.” Groups of students conduct an analysis of one country other than the US, modeled on the Arctic and NYC case studies. Each student is responsible for 1 chapter of report and 1 part of presentation.
The following figures are required – you may also include others as well:
1. Identification of key climate impacts
2. Chart identifying priorities for response
3. Chart identifying response strategies (may be combined with priorities chart)
4. Process flowchart or timeline for getting consensus from stakeholders and implementing strategies
5. Chart identifying key hurdles/challenges and options for overcoming them
30% Mitigation Presentation and Paper
April 23 Presentation -- 15? minutes
April 30, 5 pm Paper -- 10 pages combined, 6 pages on your own double-spaced text plus figures, references, reflection submitted as an attachment on line under “Discussion.” Groups of students conduct analyses of solution options, assessing the potential for implementation within a specific context – Each student is responsible for 1 chapter of report and 1 part of presentation. Pre-approval of the topic is required.
Elements to include in your analysis – do not have to be in this order:
1) Strategy for reducing warming using this mitigation option
– include quantification of carbon and/or warming mitigation potential using your own calculations, estimates, and/or citation of literature
2) Co-benefits of implementing this mitigation option
3) Obstacles to implementing this mitigation option
4) Implementation plan
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
|Lesson||Activity||Link to Resource|
|Global climate change projections: temperature, water, sea level||Assigned reading|
|Adaptation and response options||Assigned reading|
|Governance issues||Assigned reading|
|Global water||Water case study||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175230/|
|Sea level rise||Sea level rise case study|
|New York City||New York City case study||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175298/|
|Conflict introduction||Conflict case study||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175231/|
|Global health||Global health case study||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175232/|
|Adaptations analysis presentations||Adaptation paper|
|Climate change mitigation and the carbon cycle||BBC game||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175294/?topic=65976|
|Enhanced sinks I: carbon capture and geologic sequestration||CEO2 game||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175295/|
|Enhanced sinks II: land use||Assigned reading||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175301/|
|Enhanced sinks III: ocean iron fertilization||Assigned reading|
|Decision making and behavioral change||Communication and Skeptics||http://www.camelclimatechange.org/resources/view/175302/|
|Mitigation analysis presentations||Mitigation paper|
Analysis of climate change adaptations, responses, and mitigation options. Consideration of impacts of projected climate changes including global water, food and health complemented by regional case studies.