CEG8514 : Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Revision for Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Coursework (adaption planning)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00Computer practicals and tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00Includes 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).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100Casework 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.

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