CEG8514 : Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Hayley Fowler
- Lecturer: Professor Chris Kilsby, Dr Oliver Heidrich, Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, Mr Vassilis Glenis, Professor Richard Dawson, Dr Elizabeth Lewis, Mr Alistair Ford
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The aim of the module is to outline the main risks and likely impacts of climate change in a range of areas of the human, built and natural environments. To describe in detail, for a number of key areas, the assessment of impacts and engineering strategies for adaptation.
This module addresses the risks and likely impacts of climate change in the human, natural and built environments, 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 student will learn not just how climate change will impact society, but also how we can respond. The student will be well equipped to assess, propose and apply sustainable adaptation strategies in a range of key infrastructure and environmental settings.
Outline Of Syllabus
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.
Practicals: Climate change impact assessments – an industry perspective, considering how data and tools examined during the course may be applied in practice. Using climate information/data in impact studies. Adaptation planning (coursework)
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Revision for Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||24:00||24:00||Coursework (adaption planning)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||6||2:00||12:00||Computer practicals and tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||37:00||37:00||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures allow knowledge transfer of the various methods and practices available for impacts and adaptation in practice, and computer-based practicals and other workshops allow for consolidation of this knowledge prior to its application in given problems (which is carried out as coursework).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Case study||2||M||100||Casework Report (16 pages maximum)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assessed by written examination and coursework. This allows a student's knowledge and understanding of the methods introduced to be monitored, applied and tested.
Assessment is split between:-
(a) Coursework - which assesses understanding of using climate change impacts information for adaptation planning
(b) Exam - Which assesses knowledge of current methods and practice.
The rationale is to assess the students’ grasp of the practical skills and understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes. The written exercise involves the development of an adaptation plan for a chosen city and assesses skills in the use of the taught methods and their limitations. The unseen exam assesses knowledge of methods used in climate impacts and adaptation planning.