Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals
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Short Course Description
This 4-week course has been designed to help professionals working across multiple disciplines bring a climate change adaptation lens to their current and future projects.
It’s structured in four modules, that cover:
-what the current climate change situation is, including the latest science on climate trends and scenarios;
-why climate change matters to professionals and planners, in terms of risk and impact;
-what we can do about it, through examples and methods of adaptation, and;
-how to bring adaptation tools, data and processes into your work, with a practice project.
At the end of the course, participants will understand basic climate change science, scenarios, and projected impacts and risks in British Columbia, and be able to identify data and tools required to plan an adaptation project.
What's the Problem?
What's at Stake?
What can we do?
Knowledge and Skills to Practice
Module 1 — climate science, including observed climate trends and future scenarios of climate change
Module 2 — climate change risk, and projected impacts
Module 3 — climate change adaptation, and how it differs from adapting based on past experience
Module 4 — adaptation case
Course Design Statements
- ✓ Online
Dr. Stewart Cohen
Dr. Stewart J. Cohen is an author and educator on human-caused climate change. His university education was in geography, obtaining degrees from McGill University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Cohen has recently retired from a 35-year research career with Environment and Climate Change Canada. During this time, he studied the impacts of projected climate change throughout Canada. This included work that was part of a research partnership agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC), in which he developed collaborative projects with the UBC community. He also created and taught a graduate course at UBC, “Climate Change in the 21st Century”. This led to him publishing a textbook with that title in 2009 (McGill-Queen’s University Press). He has been a member of author teams for national assessments of climate change in Canada and the United States, as well as several publications of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Dr. Cohen is currently writing posts on his blog, www.doctorclimatechange.com.