Climate Change - Science, Impacts and Adaptation, Mitigation

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

Prüfungsparcours consisting of oral examination on the lecture (20 min) and presentation of study case in the seminar; the final grade is an averaged grade from the presentation (40%) and the oral exam (60%). In the oral examination the student is expected to demonstrate that he/she has understood the physical basis of the climate system and that they can identify the drivers of climate change. The student shows that he/she is able to apply his/her knowledge to develop adaptation and mitigation measures and to argue in discussions on climate change issues. In the presentation, the student summarizes findings from scientific publications or case studies and presents it to an audience. Additionally, the student is expected to demonstrate that he/ she is able to respond competently to any questions, suggestions or discussions brought by the audience and relating to his/her subject area. The presentation is complemented by the preparation of a “PICO” that is presented on an interactive screen.

Content

Based on the newest IPCC report (AR 5) the theoretical background on the physical science basis of climate change, theory and practical application of adaptation and mitigation measures in biological, physical and chemical systems will be presented. In a related seminar, selected topics will be intensified in case studies. TUM as a NGO in the UNFCCC process offers an optional possibility also for students to take part in COP and related negotiations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After this module, the students can understand the physical basis of the climate system, identify all drivers of climate change and falsify common arguing of "climate sceptics". They can summarize observed changes in the climate system as well as impacts in divers systems and regions. They are able to assess cross-sectorial impacts of climate change in selected areas, to evaluate and develop adaptation and mitigation measures and strategies in biological, physical and chemical systems including an analysis of their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.

(Recommended) Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in meteorology, physics, biology.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture on physical basis of the climate system, impacts of climate change and important mitigation strategies.  In the seminar group presentations of various topics regarding adaptation and mitigation of climate change will be presented as case studies. Optional excursion to UNFCCC meeting if applicable.