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Change Processes Mitigation and Adaptation

Group Photo of Participants and Teachers, March 2013

Partner University: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Teaching team: Prof. Jørgen E. Olesen (Aarhus University), Dr. Leonard Amekudzi, Prof. Rev. Mensah Bonsu, Prof. Charles Quansah (KNUST)


Timing and Duration: March 11-15, 2013


Course objective: To equip students with the requisite knowledge on the fundamental processes underlying the principles of climate change, mitigation and adaptation and its potential impacts on the environment as well as implications for development. Students will be further equipped with the analytical tools and  methods for designing, implementing and integrating innovative climate change risk management practices and impact assessment and  adaptation strategies and technologies at variable spatial and temporal scales.

Course content: Relationship between weather and climate; climate variability and climate change; Definition and scope of climate change – Historical perspective – Scientific evidence, process and consequences for society and ecosystems. A global perspective of climate change – global warming – Green house gases – evidences - IPCC initiatives in climate change mitigation – COP – Various mitigation mechanisms – Kyoto protocol – strategies – Global commitments – case studies. Understanding climate change: natural and human drivers of climate change; ob-served changes in climate and their impact; climate change models etc; Definition and need for adaptation; adaptation characteristics and processes; actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to enhance and protect carbon sinks; Assessment of climate change impacts; Tools for integrated climate change risk management; Main climate change processes, scenarios and vulnerabilities, and international and national policy responses.

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