Climate Change Science and Policy
Use scientific, technological and policy approaches in your exploration of climate change. Test modelling and principles. Learn about adaptive technologies. Explore why policy debates erupt around the world despite the scientific consensus on global warming.
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On successful completion of this subject you should be able to:
- critically assess the causes and scientific principles involved in the phenomenon of global warming
- describe the modelling of climate change scenarios and to assess the potential impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human society.
- consider and assess the possible responses to global warming
- describe the policy framework for addressing the causes and impacts of global warming.
- The climate system and climate variability
- Global climate models
- Environmental impacts of climate change
- Social and economic impact of climate change
- Frameworks and protocols of climate change and national and global responses
- Policies and technologies for adaptation
- Policies and technologies for mitigation
- Financing climate projects
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This subject addresses the scientific, technological and policy aspects of global warming. This is a global environmental issue that has potentially major implications for all life on earth, including human society. In recent years the subject of global warming has produced an intense international debate over the scientific basis of the measurements and predictions. The policy responses need to be understood in the context of the science and the controversy.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
A passing mark must be achieved in the exam to pass the unit. 1 online quiz will be posted after every 5 lectures. Each quiz has 10 questions that cover the topics and a time limit of 25 minutes to complete. The written assignment is based on the technology application studied under different topics. The project report is based on a feasibility study which shows technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of project development and the way that the project can be executed in remote areas of developing countries.
- Written assignment (20%)
- Project report (40%)
- Online quizzes (5%)
- Open book timed online exam (35%)