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Fundamentals of Climate Change

Module WZ8100

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.

Basic Information

WZ8100 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter 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)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

This modul gives an overview on the theoretical background on the physical science basis of climate change, resulting observed changes in various physical biological and biogeochemical systems, and anthropogenic attribution, additionally actions for mitigation are introduced. This lecture is based on the newest IPCC report (AR 5).

Learning Outcome

Students will become familiar with current knowledge concerning mechanism of climate change as well as climate change impacts on environment. They are able to analyse data and interprete the results. They have the knowledge to detect impacts of climate change in natural systems.

Preconditions

Basic knowledge in meteorology, physics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

TypeSWSTitleLecturer(s)Dates
VO 2 Climate Change Fri, 08:00–09:30, N1070
VO 2 Climate Change Fri, 08:00–09:30, N1070

Learning and Teaching Methods

Students will become familiar with current knowledge concerning mechanism of climate change as well as climate change impacts on environment. They are able to analyse data and interprete the results. They have the knowledge to detect impacts of climate change in natural systems.

Media

IPCC (2013) Fifth Assessment Report of WGI, II, III. Houghton (2015) Global warming, the complete briefing. Most recent scientific literature

Literature

IPCC (2013) Fifth Assessment Report of WGI, II, III. Houghton (2015) Global warming, the complete briefing. Most recent scientific literature

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The written exam at the end of the term lasts 60 minutes. Here the students show without any additional help that their ability to answer questions concerning natural and anthropogenic causes and impacts of climate change on physical and biological systems on the basis of the topics of the lecture. The students shall prove that they are able to understand basic connections between causes and impacts of climate change

Exam Repetition

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

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