Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

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

We'll describe climate modelling techniques and scenario outputs (and associated uncertainties). You'll understand how their application relates 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. You'll be able to 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. 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 by climate change deniers and the genuinely uninformed, allowing you to pursue the sustainable engineering agenda with confidence.

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

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.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course Dates

  • Monday 12 - Friday 16 November 2018: Date not confirmed
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
    • 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

Course Dates

  • Monday 12 - Friday 16 November 2018: Date not confirmed

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 Faculty'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.

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.

Presenters

Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats

Presenters

Newcastle University

School of Engineering

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.