Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation

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Course Code: 
MET 3201
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 3
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course deals with developing a conceptual, but also quantitative, understanding of climate variability and change. It will address the application of this understanding to key issues such as the detection of climate changes in the historical record, and the attribution of changes to specific causes such as human activities

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the distinction between internally generated climate variability and externally forced climate change
  • Describe the major causes and characteristics of internal climate variability, including the role of the oceans
  • Describe mathematically the concepts of radiative forcing and climate feedback, and the application of these describing equilibrium and transient climate change
  • Explain the processes of detecting climate changes and attributing their causes
  • Evaluate recent observed changes in climate in the context of changes that have occurred in the past
  • Describe the formulation of climate models, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe the basis, methods, and limitations, of climate prediction


Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation
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