• The Open University

Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis

Develop the skills and knowledge to understand the climate crisis through the lens of changes in the polar regions.

Kangamiut village, Greenland May 2015 - a collection of colourful houses on a snowy hillside, with a small harbour below
  • Duration

    10 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours
This course is part of the Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis program, which will enable you to explore the effects of climate change .

Develop your knowledge of the fascinating polar regions and why they have such far-reaching effects on climate change.

Aimed at those with a scientifically curious mind, this course is for people already switched on about climate change but who want to know more. On the course, you’ll examine the evidence for climate change and get to the important facts. You will learn to experiment and interpret rich, real-time data from the poles to understand climate change, now and in the future. This course will also enable you to make informed decisions about how you and others can tackle the climate crisis.

Understand how humans contribute to the climate crisis

The regions are teeming with life –including humans in the Arctic. You will discover the impact that humans have had on the poles from thousands of years to the present day.

Equip yourself with the evidence for climate change

It’s a unique opportunity for you to use data, the latest computer models and live satellite imagery to help you learn about our planet and generate the evidence to prove the climate crisis.

Develop your understanding of global warming

During this 10-week course you’ll learn about the intricate balance of the polar environment, and the surprising ways it connects us. You’ll observe global warming’s impact on ice, atmosphere, ecosystems, our oceans, and use climate modelling skills to make your own projections on the speed of change in the polar regions.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

his course is aimed at anyone with a passion for science, nature or the environment who is excited to learn about the remote regions of our planet. It’s for those concerned about the impact of humans and wants to understand how to moderate that impact and make informed choices in the future.

  • It would be the ideal prima for pre-university students wanting to extend their subject knowledge.
  • Recent graduates wanting to develop their scientific knowledge
  • Professionals or any engaged individuals who are looking for a new approach to sustainability learning

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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