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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Climate Changes: Causes, Effects, Mitigation and Adaptation

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 1
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Thomas Friborg (3-77696d436c6a71316e7831676e)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NGEK10016U

Course content

The course focuses on a cross disciplinary introduction to the problems concerning climate changes and the consequences for living conditions of human beings following them. Furthermore, the interaction between the physical and economic conditions currently being influenced by changes in the global climate as well as the mechanisms which have been applied to limit climate chances and their consequences.

Learning outcome


Status of the research in climate changes, models for projection of climate development and the content of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, physical and economic consequences of climate changes, the influence of climate changes in atmospheric, terrestrial and marine systems, model deviations, feedback mechanisms, tools for the limitation of the discharge of greenhouse gasses including the Kyoto protocol and clean development mechanisms and the UN climate panel.


  • account for changes in climate in recent times
  • account for the relations between the climate and the content of green house gasses in the atmosphere
  • structure a written assignment displaying the understanding of the scientific background for a climate related problem
  • discuss the environmental and physical consequences expected to follow a change in climate
  • integrate knowledge from scientific literature and data in assessments of climate related issues



Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with climate change

Recommended prerequisites

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.

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MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject


Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work.


25 students (1 class of 25).




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Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Project work 35
Preparation 136
English 206


Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Censorship form

External censorship


Resubmission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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