ENVR06056 2019 Climate Science

General Details

Full Title
Climate Science
Transcript Title
Climate Science
Code
ENVR06056
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Steve Tonry
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Science SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SECOL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Ecology and Environmental Science SG_SECOL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Ecology and Environmental Science SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science
Description

The module will impart the basis of meteorology and climatology, addressing the structure and function of the atmosphere and oceans in balancing earths’ energy budget.  In combination, the student will gain an appreciation of the human impact on these planetary systems, with measures to mitigate the long-term effects in a range of sectors explored.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Describe and illustrate a range of basic fundamental scientific concepts, laws and principles which govern and give meaning to the role and behaviour of the atmosphere, weather and climate.

2.

Explain the earths global energy budget, the influence of solar radiation and planetary-scale motions in the atmosphere and ocean.

3.

Explain the key natural and human drivers of climate change.

4.

Review the likely impacts and consequences of contemporary climate change.

5.

Identify sector level strategies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by Continuous assessment (40%) and Final Exam (60%)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to climatology

Atmospheric composition, solar radiation and the global energy budget

Atmospheric moisture budget, instability, cloud formation and precipitation processes

Planetary-scale motions in the atmosphere and ocean

Modelling the atmospheric circulation and climate, meteorological data and synoptic systems

Interactions between Electromagnetic Radiation and the atmosphere with increasing levels of Greenhouse gases

Concept of Radiative Forcing (Natural and Human)

Climate Feedback Mechanisms which amplify or diminish climate change

Sources of, and global warming potentials of, Greenhouse gases

Carbon cycle and Fossil Fuels

Impacts, Vulnerability, Adaptation and Response to Climate Change by various sectors (e.g. Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, Water Resources, Ecosystems, Human Health etc.)

 

 

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Weather Data & Synoptic Charts Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 4 1,3
2 Assignment Climate Change Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 2,4
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Tiered Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
Climate Change What Everyone Needs to Know Oxford University Press

Recommended Reading
20/09/2019 Atmosphere, Weather & Climate. 9th Edition. Routledge. Routledge.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Barry, R.G. & R. J. Chorley (2009)  Atmosphere, Weather & Climate. 9th Edition. Routledge.

Dunlop, S. (2004)  Collins Gem Guide: Weather.  HarperCollins, London

Everett, B., Boyle G., Peake, S and Ramage, J. (2012). Energy Systems and Sustainability; Power for a Sustainable Future.  (2nd ed).  Oxford University Press, England.

Dessler, A.E. (2012). Introduction to Modern Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, England.

Journal Resources

Relevant information will be provided on the module moodle page.

URL Resources

Relevant information will be provided on the module moodle page.

Other Resources

IT Sligo learn online system (Moodle), with useful websites for students.

Additional Information

Additional resources will be made available on IT Sligo learn online system (Moodle). Will contain pdfs of powerpoint lectures and links to additional reading material for selected topics