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Module

CEG8514 : Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Hayley Fowler
  • Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Lewis, Dr Alistair Ford, Professor Chris Kilsby, Dr Oliver Heidrich, Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, Mr Vassilis Glenis, Professor Richard Dawson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Coursework (adaption planning)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00Review recorded lectures and asynchronous activity
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:304:30Online synchronous activities: tutorials and drop in support (4.5 x 1hour)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:304:30Computer practicals and tutorials (PIP)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures allow knowledge transfer of the various methods and practices available for impacts and adaptation in practice, and in person computer-based practicals and other workshops all for consolidation of this knowledge prior to it's application on given problems (which is carried out as coursework). Asynchronous activities will comprise short recorded lectures which will be supported by short exercises while online synchronous activities will comprise extended opportunities for tutorial and drop in support sessions.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100Casework Report (15 pages maximum)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed by coursework. This allows a student's knowledge and understanding of the theory and practical methods introduced in the teaching to be monitored, applied and tested.

Assessment is :-
(a) Coursework - which assesses understanding of the nature of risk as a function of hazards and vulnerability and how these are incorporated into the risk assessment and adaptation planning processes using climate change impacts information. Understanding of viable responses to identified risks is assessed.

The rationale is to assess the students’ grasp of the practical skills and understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes. The written exercise involves using a risk assessment framework for the assessment of vulnerability and risk and the development of an adaptation plan for a chosen city. It assesses skills in the use of the taught methods, available open-access tools and datasets, and ability to critique their use by identifying their limitations.

Reading Lists

Timetable