Climate Change

Module WZ8088

This Module is offered by Associate Professorship of Ecoclimatology (Prof. Menzel).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2012/3 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2012/3SS 2012

Basic Information

WZ8088 is a year module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This modul gives an overwiev on observed climate change, its impact on natural systems and the atribution of anthropogenic actions. In a lecture fundamentals of the physical basis, major impacts and attribution of climate change are explained and possible adaptation or mitigation actions are introduced. Additionally the students analyse and interprete climate/environmental data. Excursions on applied climate change demonstrate regional climate change on various topics.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module, students will know current theories concerning mechanism of climate change and understand climate change impacts on the environment. They are able to analyse climate-related data and interpret the results. They have the knowledge to detect impacts of climate change in various systems.


Basic knowledge in meteorology

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Climate Change Freitag, 08:00–09:30

Learning and Teaching Methods

The content of the course will be taught in lectures, presentations, seminars and excursions. Students should be encouraged to study literature and substantive discussion of the issues. Example tasks are provided and partially discussed.


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IPCC (2013) Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (AR5), additional literature is listet in the lecture.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module examination consists of a 60-minute written test and a seminar work. In the written exam students answer theoretical questions and prove that they know the relevant theories and impacts of climate change. In the seminar work, (report and presentation) students prove that they understand detection methods for climate-related data and can analyse this data to present relevant conclusions.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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