Providing specialized knowledge to the students on issues related to climate change (causes, effects, ways of dealing with it, etc.) in combination with spatial resilience, and
Giving the opportunity to the students to acquire the necessary knowledge (methods and techniques) for the application of analytical tools and models of climate change as regards spatial resilience.
The course aims to:
provide knowledge and understanding of the concepts of climate change and spatial resilience,
understand the impact of environmental phenomena arising from climate change through the implementation of a methodological framework allowing to enhance the spatial resilience,
acquire skills for critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex and multidimensional concepts, and
promote the progress of the knowledge society.
At the end of the course, the students will acquire skills that will allow them to have an overview about the relation between climate change and regional development in the light of the concept of spatial resilience which offers a new framework of analysis not only for environmental but also socio-economic problems and challenges. The students will be in place to better understand the main causes of climate change and how they affect natural and ecosystems, as well as current approaches and measures to mitigate the effects of climate change worldwide.
At the end of the course, students are able to:
• analyze and manage climate change and fluctuations, climate change uncertainties, global warming, anthropogenic environmental interventions, policies and actions to address potential risks, etc., and finally
• deepen the concept of spatial resilience (concept and forms of spatial resilience, importance of human resources, differentiation between sustainable development and resilience, etc.).
The course aims to acquire the following skills
Working work in an interdisciplinary environment
Practice criticism and self-criticism
Preparation of individual and collective work in a interdisciplinary environment.
Respect of the natural environment
Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking
Introduction to the scientific concepts and approaches of climate change.
Climate Evolution: Observed climate change on temperature, rainfall, ice cover and sea level. Extreme weather: Frequency – Intensity.
The main causes of climate change and the role of anthropogenic activities. Predictions-strategic perspectives: Possible changes in the natural environment during the 21st century. Effects of climate change on the natural environment, the economic activities and the population (population migration-environmental migration).
The role of international organizations and European institutions in policies on climate change. The institutional framework that governs global and European climate change. Presentation of the main climate scenarios (IPCC).
Strategies and policies for adapting to climate change: International security and modalities to reduce social and ecological vulnerability.
Strategies and policies to limit climate change: Causes and objectives for limiting greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). Possible synergies between adaptation strategy (short-term-local scale) to climate change and strategy regarding limitation (long-term-global scale) of climate change.
Importance and conceptual framework of resilience.
Importance and conceptual framework of the triptych: Vulnerability – Durability – Adaptation.
Interpretation of the two-dimensional spatial vulnerability-spatial adaptation in the context of climate change. Evaluation methodology. Limitations and criteria for selecting indicators.
Measuring the spatial resilience and the evolution of climate change management.
Resilience: Application of the process of information and knowledge – Decision making – Political consequences of resilience.
Strengthening climate resilience.
Oral examination 40%
Written exam 60%
The written paper and its oral presentation certify the understanding of the concepts and research methods (taught during the semester) by the students, as well as the ability of the students to apply the methods and interpret specific results.
The outline of the course mentions the way through which students are evaluated and is posted on the course’s website as well as on the distance learning platform.
In case there is a difference of opinion regarding the grading, the students have the right to request a re-grading from the Assembly of the Department.
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