NS6302: Climate Change

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NS6302: Climate Change

Module Title Climate Change
Module Code NS6302
Module Tutor Phillip Toms
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

Climate change lies at the forefront of public awareness of science, but its meaning is often misunderstood or misapplied. Studies of past climate change are inter-disciplinary. This module aims to provide a rigorous background to the current and widespread concerns over "global warming" by examining past climates, so as to place the concerns and future-climate scenarios in a longer-term context.

Indicative Syllabus

Extrinsic and intrinsic forcing factors on climate

Magnitude, rate and direction of past and future climate shifts

Contextualising contemporary and recent observations of climate change

Climate models: construction, use and validation

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the physical basis for projections of climate change and associated uncertainties. 

2. Critically evaluate aspects of posited impacts, adaptations, vulnerabilities and mitigations connected to climate change.

3. Communicate complex information and problems comprehensively and concisely in written form.

4. Make decisions in complex contexts, where knowledge and predictability may have limitations.

5. Manage their own learning, exercising initiative and personal responsibility.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 26
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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