BB845: Climate adaptation

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N110020102
Assessment: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master

STADS ID (UVA): N110020101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Archive


04016801 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements


Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to: Have knowledge of ecology

Course introduction

The climate is changing and one of the solution to many of the challenges caused by that is climate adaptation. The aim of the course is to give the student a theoretical and practical understanding of climate adaptation – including needs and causes, methods and solutions as well as effects. Additionally the aim is that the students understand how Denmark is handling climate adaptation regarding legislation, administration, management and practical issues including the interaction with e.g. the EU Water Framework Directive.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired during the bachelor education

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Give the competence to work with complex issues and develop cooperation and specialisation.
  • Give skills to understand and handle cases involving many disciplines inside and outside biology.
  • Give knowledge and understanding of the term climate adaptation

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • Describe the background for using climate adaptation
  • Explain which impacts a changing climate will have on the environment and the following need for climate adaptation
  • Describe which climate adaptation methods to use in specific situations
  • Evaluate the effects of climate adaptation also in relation to other measures in the catchment


The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Effects of climate changes in DK now and in the future and the need for climate adaptation
  • Changes in discharge of water and dissolved and particulate substances from cities and agricultural areas
  • Effects in freshwater and marine recipients
  • Climate adaptation: Methods and solutions – such as:
    • Methods to delay and treat runoff (stormwater ponds, buffer zones, constructed wetlands, advanced treatment etc.)
    • SUDS – Sustainable drainage systems (green roofs, permeable surfaces, local infiltration etc.)
    • Handling of water and nutrient transport in the open land (meadows, weed cutting etc.)
    • Coast protection and methods to handle flooding
  • Interactions between climate adaptation, the EU Water Framework Directive, Green development and other ongoing initiatives in this area.


Udleveret materiale
See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)




Written report




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Aids allowed, a closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard.

ECTS value


Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

50 hours per semester

Teaching Method

Activities during the study phase:
  • Report writing
  • Working with selected cases

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Sara Egemose

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
Erik Kristensen
Henning S. Jensen
Mogens Flindt


Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Offered in


Recommended course of study

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