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Intro to Climate Policy for Climate Adaptation Professionals

Royal Roads University

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Short Course Description

This four-week, fully online, asynchronous course will inform participants about climate adaptation policy in Canada and BC. It will allow them to consider how climate policy from international to local levels informs their professional functions and day to day activities on the job. The course will cover, among other things, the basics of environmental policy, differences between climate mitigation and climate adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps.

It will also consider, in detail, examples of current policy-driven climate adaptation measures in specific areas from engineering to agriculture to hydrology and beyond.
The course format will include short video lecture content, interviews with national to local experts, discussions and activities, resources and readings to respond to, and a final capstone activity.

Course learning objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. DIAGNOSE why different climate change adaptation policies are needed in different circumstances.

2. INTERPRET climate change policy in terms of its role in mitigation or adaptation.

3. Use climate change scenarios to PREDICT future changes that suggest the need for new or better climate change adaptation policy tools.

4. RECOMMEND appropriate climate change adaptation policy tools for a variety of professional and planning needs.

5. Critically EVALUATE whether existing climate change adaptation policy is sufficient for professionals in various fields.

6. APPLY climate change policy knowledge to real-life examples in professional and planning contexts.

Course Modules

Foundations of Climate Change Policy

Climate Change Adaptation Policy: A Deep Dive

Applications and Practice for Industry Professionals

Capstone Activity

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Michele Patterson, MA. Professor and Chair, VIU Geography Department and GIS Programs

Michele has been a regular member of the VIU Geography Department since Fall 2016. She is also Department Chair. She is also a PhD Candidate (2021 expected completion) in Geography at the University of Victoria. Her dissertation is a social-cultural value chain analysis of BC seafood commodities. At VIU Michele teaches human geography to undergraduates across the first to fourth year program As part of this she teaches about climate change and sustainability in introductory geography courses, and also teaches a required 3rd year course in the Geography BA Major called: Policy, Resources and Sustainability which is focused on natural resource policy, including climate policy in Canada and in BC. She also teaches a Geography communications course in which climate change communication is a key topic. Michele has a Master of Arts Degree from Royal Roads University’s Environment and Management program (Victoria, BC). Her Master’s thesis looked at potential improvements for governance of marine science and research in BC. Michele has been involved in resource management, community economic development and conservation in British Columbia for over 25 years. She has expertise in, among other things: social- cultural values, social license, rural and aboriginal community issues; external and government relations, and natural resource policy development, planning and analysis. She has also done academic research in the areas of seafood genomics and social-cultural carrying capacity. Prior to coming to VIU in 2010 she spent 10 years with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, in both Prince Rupert and then in Vancouver, developing broadly supported, science-based conservation solutions to support sustainable coastal communities in BC. She concluded her time at WWF as Acting VP, WWF-Pacific Region.