The course will present an overview of current topics at the vanguard of environmental and atmospheric sciences with particular reference to global and regional changes of the Earth systems, their impacts and possible mitigation and adaptation strategies. This will include, among others, the recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the latest publications by other international organizations/institutions/programs (e.g., by the World Meteorological Organization, WMO and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, IUGG) as well as other recent relevant scientific publications.
The objective of the course is to familiarize the students with important concepts and the latest results in environmental and atmospheric sciences and to create a common understanding of these issues among the participants coming from a variety of different disciplines.
The seminar will also provide opportunities for the students to get actively engaged through presentations and reviews of literature provided throughout the course.
Introduction to the general subject of global environmental change
Climate change and its drivers; the IPCC assessment reports
Environmental change and feedbacks to the climate system
Impacts of global change: general concepts and integrated impact assessments
Mitigation and adaptation strategies to global environmental change