Climate Impacts & Policy


Course Objective

After completing this module, the student is able to:
1.Understand processes in climate and economic systems and their
interactions which cause climate impacts on society;
2. Understand and apply methods for assessing impacts from extreme
weather events and climate change in order to guide policies that limit
these impacts;
3. Be able to interpret, analyse, and critically reflect on the results
gained from applying these methods.

Course Content

This interdisciplinary course combines knowledge from climate sciences,
analysis of risks from extreme weather events and climate economics in
order to assess climate change impacts. This knowledge forms the basis
for guiding the design of policies that limit these impacts on society,
including climate change adaptation and mitigation policies at the
global and local level.
At the start of the course, processes of climate and economic systems
and their interactions that lead to climate change impacts on society
are discussed. Moreover, students learn methods for integrative climate
impact analysis, such as climate models for assessing relations between
climate change and extreme weather events, catastrophe model approaches
which are used for assessing flood, storm, and drought risks, and
integrated assessment models of climate and the economy. Students work
on two assignments in which these methods are applied and results are
used for the evaluation and design of policies that limit climate
impacts through global climate policy agreements and local natural
disaster risk management strategies, like flood protection.

Teaching Methods

6 ec = 160 hours in total. The course will be taught through a
combination of lectures, practical
classes, and (computer) exercises. The methods will be applied in
(simplified) environmental problems, and students will reflect on the
results. Moreover, for about half of the course students will work on
their models, analyses and reporting themselves.

Method of Assessment

The assessment will consist of written assignments (50%) and a closed
book examination (50%).

Entry Requirements

Admitted to MSc Earth Sciences, specialization Global Environmental
Change and Policy


See the study manual on Canvas.

Target Audience

Second year students of MSc Earth Sciences, specialization Global
Environmental Change and Policy

General Information

Course Code AM_1240
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W.J.W. Botzen
Examiner prof. dr. W.J.W. Botzen
Teaching Staff prof. dr. W.J.W. Botzen
prof. dr. J.C.J.H. Aerts
dr. D. Coumou
prof. dr. P.J. Ward

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Computer lab
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