International Summer School: Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology & Society
Regular fees: 2400 GBP
This module explores the economic, societal and environmental impacts and implications of climate change, as well as the technological solutions available; focusing on research currently being done by academics at the University of Exeter.
The course begins with a general introduction to Climate Change and then examines three main topics in greater detail: Water Resources and Engineering, Renewable Energy, and Earth Systems. This is a technical program, coordinated by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and is centred around the theory and application of climate change science. Although not a requisite, it is desirable to have a scientific background, and you can expect to come across technical terminology during this course.
Specific topics related to climate change include:
- Causes and effects
- Social, economic and political impacts
- Environmental impacts and the threat to ecosystem services
- Modelling and prediction
- Adaptation and mitigation of catastrophic events
- Management of water resources and rainfall changes
- Renewable energy technologies and policies for a low carbon society
- Climate tipping points
We will explore these issues within a multidisciplinary framework with lectures, workshops and practical exercises led by world-class researchers in engineering, physics, mathematics, biological, and environmental sciences.
This module aims to give you a broad vision and perspective on global climate change: its mechanisms and underlying science, a look at impacts upon society and the environment, and the technologies that can be employed to mitigate its effects, including adaptation strategies.