Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

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Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

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  • 8 May 2017
    (5 days: Date not confirmed)
  • Delegates are welcome to attend for selected days of the course, although we strongly recommend that they contact the Professional Development Unit for confirmation of the final timetable before booking, as course schedules are subject to amendment.

Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

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This course provides in-depth understanding and hands on experience of using future climate scenarios from the UKCP09 and other international projections. The course can be tailored to specific sectors, and delegates may choose to specialise and attend:

  • Days 1-3 Impacts and vulnerability - methodology, application of climate scenarios, natural environment, water resources, sea level rise
  • Days 3-5 Adaptation - infrastructure, heat waves, urban drainage, sustainable cities

Organised around case studies of key cities or infrastructure, delegates are encouraged to propose their own case studies or locations in advance. They will then be trained in how to generate and apply scenarios for assessments of vulnerability and impacts and the development of climate change adaptation plans.

The course outlines the main vulnerabilities, risks and likely impacts of climate change in a range of areas of the human, built and natural environments, and describes in detail, for a number of key areas, the assessment of impacts and engineering strategies for adaptation.

The risks and likely impacts of climate change in the human, natural and built environments are addressed, covering key aspects such as water resources, flooding, sea level rise and coasts, health, transport, infrastructure and cities. Engineering strategies for adaptation are then described in detail, so the delegate will learn not just how climate change will impact society, but also how we can respond. The delegate will be well equipped to assess, propose and apply sustainable adaptation strategies in a range of key infrastructure and environmental settings.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, delegates will have an understanding of:

  • the main societal and infrastructure vulnerabilities and risks of climate change;
  • the linked nature of risks to society and the necessity for integrated assessment and response;
  • detailed technical knowledge of risks and engineering responses for key areas.

Delegates will also have gained the following skills:

  • the ability to assess the likely impact and vulnerability of systems (or infrastructure components) to climate change;
  • the ability to select and specify sustainable response and adaptation strategies for critical engineering systems;
  • confidence and understanding in promoting the use of sustainable engineering approaches.

Course Outline

  • Key Vulnerabilities and Risk and frameworks for assessment;
  • Impacts and Adaptation: water resources;
  • Impacts and Adaptation: flooding - fluvial and pluvial, sea level rise and coastal;
  • Impacts and Adaptation: critical infrastructure;
  • Impacts and Adaptation: food and agriculture, water-energy nexus;
  • Impacts and Adaptation: heat, people and buildings;
  • Consolidation: Sustainable Cities - strategy, design and implementation.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is ideal for professionals working in climate change adaptation either in local authorities, consultancies or risk management. The course covers science and theory through to practical implementation so would suit policy makers as well as practitioners.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation
    • 5 days: £1275
    • 4 days: £1020
    • 3 days: £765
    • 2 days: £510
    • 1 day: £255

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 £350, 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).

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8514) 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. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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