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Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions

This course aims to explain the science of climate change, the risks it poses and the solutions available to reduce those risks.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions

Why join the course?

The course is aimed at the level of students entering university, and seeks to provide an inter-disciplinary introduction to what is a broad field. It engages a number of experts from the University of Exeter and a number of partner organisations.

The course will set contemporary human-caused climate change within the context of past nature climate variability. Then it will take a risk communication approach, balancing the ‘bad news’ about climate change impacts on natural and human systems with the ‘good news’ about potential solutions. These solutions can help avoid the most dangerous climate changes and increase the resilience of societies and ecosystems to those climate changes that cannot be avoided.

Please join the discussion with your fellow learners and, if you’d like to follow the Exeter team, please look us up on Facebook and Twitter.

Professor Tim Lenton and Dr Damien Mansell hosted an AMA about Climate Change on Reddit on 19th January 2017. You can catch up with the AMA on Reddit to read their responses, and will have the opportunity to ask your own questions in a live Q&A session during the final week of this course.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Key principles of climate change
  • The climate system, feedbacks, cycles and self-regulation
  • Ancient and recent past climate change
  • Signs of climate change
  • How the global carbon cycle is changing
  • Making future projections and modelling future scenarios
  • The geoengineering dilemma
  • Impacts on land systems – the cryosphere
  • Impacts on ocean systems - acidification
  • Human health and the built environment
  • Climate change and food security
  • Mitigation and adaptation
  • Not in my back yard!
  • Welcome to the Anthropocene
  • Taking action

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the key principles of climate change
  • Explore past climate change
  • Identify signs of climate change
  • Discuss future projections and modelling future scenarios
  • Explain impacts on land and ocean systems
  • Explore human health and the built environment
  • Discuss solutions and taking action

Who is the course for?

No previous experience or qualifications required.

Who will you learn with?

Tim Lenton

Professor Tim Lenton is Chair in Climate Change/Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on understanding the behaviour of the Earth as a whole system.

Damien Mansell

Senior Lecturer at The University of Exeter specialising in Glaciology, GIS and Remote Sensing
Educator on Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions
Find me on twitter @DamienMansell

Georgina Mansell

Hi, I'm currently studying Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter and I am an assistant on the course Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions.

Daneen Cowling

Geography BSc student at the University of Exeter and Facilitator on the Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions course

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Daneenskeels

Liam Taylor

Postgraduate Research student studying the effects of Climate Change on Permafrost Peatlands

MOOC producer for University of Exeter Geography department

@LTaylor1995

http://awildgeographer.wordpress.com

Davide Pettinato (FACILITATOR)

Davide is concluding a PhD at the University of Exeter, specialising in British Muslim NGOs’ discourse on issues such as global poverty and climate change.

Regina Gonda

I am a PhD candidate in Environmental Archaeology and Archaeobotany. I have a deep interest in the development of agriculture, food security, science communication and public engagement.

Who developed the course?

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £29.00

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