BB528: Climate change biology
- Have a basic knowledge of ecology and of ecological relationships.
- To have knowledge of basic algebra.
- Enable to students to participate in scientific cooperation and structure their own learning.
- Enable to students to relate critically to biological theories and state, evaluate and solve biological issues.
- Give knowledge and reflexive understanding of biological scientific theories, current research subjects and the use of these subjects in discussions about biological issues.
Expected learning outcome
- critically think on the subject of climate change including evidence for and against.
- explain the physics behind the regulation Earth’s climate.
- Provide an overview of the biological consequences of climate change both on land and in the oceans.
- explain past climate change and how it is evaluated.
- explain the basics of climate models, how they work, and what they can be used for.
- Work in teams and organize and deliver a course lecture.
- Radiation balance and greenhouse gases
- Controls on climate
- Climate models
- Climate change and terrestrial ecosystems
- Climate change and biogeography
- Ocean acidification
- Climate change and marine ecosystems
- Climate change in the Arctic
- Carbon sequestration
- Climate change and sea level rise
Exam element a)
Exam element b)
Indicative number of lessons
- Intro phase (lectures) - 16 hours
- Training phase: 32 hours tutorials
The lecturers on the course provide a number of introductory lessons on the main topics of the course. These lessons will typically last the first of a two-hour period, after which the second hour is spent on activities and discussions among the students in order to strengthen the learning of what the students learned during the first hour. The students will receive different take-home assignments, first and foremost to develop quantitative skills in understanding the Earth's climate regulations. All students are expected to be well prepared for each lesson as the teaching requires active participation by the students. In small classes, the students will then prepare and give a lecture of one hour's duration over one of the topics within the course curriculum. The preparation of this topic is discussed in detail with the course teachers, and in connection with the lecture, each team is expected to prepare an hour's discussion.
Activities during the studyphase:
- Students will solve homework problems.
- Students will prepare for active participation in lectures..
- Students will prepare to give a course lecture.