School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

  • Monday 13 - Friday 17 November 2017

The course introduces and describes Earth's climate system with respect to past, present, and future change.

We'll also describe climate modelling techniques and scenario outputs (and associated uncertainties), with emphasis on understanding their application in relation to threats to infrastructure and society and scenarios for engineering applications.

You'll learn about the fundamentals of climate science, the earth system and the causes and evidence of climate change, and use this knowledge to explain how the earth system (natural and human) is affected by climate change. We'll consider past and present observed changes, and you'll learn how climate models work and the nature (and limits of our knowledge) of the future climate. We'll also introduce you to relevant tools for examining climate change as well as downscaling methods used for local-scale impact studies.

You'll leave the course well equipped to apply this and subsequent knowledge of your work. Crucially, you'll have the ability to rebuff common myths and resolve confusion put forward by climate change deniers and the genuinely uninformed, so as to confidently pursue the sustainable engineering agenda..

You may choose to attend the full five day course or:

  • Days 1-2 Climate change: the science and its context
  • Days 3-4 Climate change: data and models
  • Days 4-5 Climate scenarios and applications

You are welcome to attend for selected days of the course, although you should contact the Professional Development Unit for confirmation of the final timetable before booking, as course schedules are subject to amendment.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at those with an interest in understanding the latest science on climate change and those with a focus on applying the latest projections to examine climate change impacts. In particular, the course is invaluable to anyone interested in learning how to use the UKCP09 scenarios and the weather generator tool.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Objectives and Outline

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

Course Objectives

When you've finished the course, you'll have an understanding of:

  • the fundamentals of the earth system and its climate: the grand cycles and feedbacks
  • past and present evidence and nature of change and human impacts
  • the principles and limits of climate modelling and specific engineering scenario techniques
  • a broad knowledge of future changes and threats

You'll also have gained the following skills:

  • the ability and confidence to pursue and promote climate change awareness agenda in professional settings
  • the ability to select and apply suitable methods to develop future climate scenarios for engineering applications
  • the confidence and understanding to use, and promote use of, climate scenario information
  • the ability to select and apply suitable methods and tools to develop future climate scenarios for engineering applications.

Course Outline

  1. An introduction to climate change, examining its importance, history and context: headline changes, political and legal context, module aims.
  2. Principles of climate: natural cycles and processes. An introduction to core climate processes: the climate system and forcing, climate system response and feedbacks, biogeochemical cycles.
  3. Practical 1: research and review common climate change myths and controversies (includes tutorial).
  4. Principles of climate change: variability, change and scenarios. A summary of key teleconnections, human forcing of the climate (in context of natural forcing) and the use of scenarios.
  5. Detection and attribution of climate change: detection of change as a problem of determining signal from noise. Attribution of global scale change and extreme events to human disturbance of the climate system.
  6. Practical 2: Climate change negotiations game.
  7. Climate modelling (1) – GCMs and RCMs – climate model fundamentals - how they work and are validated and their limitations.
  8. Practical 3: Climate modelling and decision-making uncertainty.
  9. Climate modelling (2) – model uncertainty – examining the sources of uncertainty in climate model simulations and the use of ensembles.
  10. Climate modelling (3) – Overview of statistical downscaling, use of UKCP09 and the weather generator.
  11. Practical 4: What is the purpose of regional climate downscaling? Making sense of UKCP09 to generate projections for a specific location and impact assessment.
  12. Practical 5: Climate change impact assessments – an industry perspective, considering how data and tools examined during the course may be applied in practice.
  13. Climate tipping points and uncertain processes.
  14. Practical 6: Using climate information/data in impact studies.
  15. Climate change threats and society.
  16. Practical 7: “Playing for Predictions” game.
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Monday 13 - Friday 17 November 2017

Further Information

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8505) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Presenters

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

Presenters

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Fees

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

Fees

  • Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats
    • 5 days: £1325
    • 4 days: £1060
    • 3 days: £795
    • 2 days: £530
    • 1 day: £265

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).