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41821-01 - Lecture with practical courses: Ecological Sustainability Aspects of Climate Change 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2019
Course frequency Irregular
Lecturers Dirk Schindler (, Assessor)
Content Current climate change is altering many physical, biological and human systems in the earth-atmosphere system. With regard to the near future, projected climate change is the greatest challenge for mankind. The topics of the course will provide an interdisciplinary overview of observations, analyses, simulations and interpretations of current and projected climate change and its consequences at regional and global scales.
Amongst others the following topics are covered:
- Climate system as part of the earth system;
- Overview about the facets of current and projected climate change;
- Impacts of global and regional climate change on physical, biological and human systems;
- Mitigation and adaptation strategies;
- Climate Engineering;
- Sustainability and climate.
Learning objectives The students
- deepen their knowledge on current global and regional climate change;
- extend their knowledge on anthropogenic influence causing current climate change;
- develop solid skills for the objective interpretation und assessment of the changes associated with the projected climate change in physical, biological and human systems;
- analyse and evaluate possibilities for the application of mitigation und adaptation strategies.
Bibliography Recommended literature:
IPCC (2014) Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Summary for Policymakers
IPCC (2014): Climate change 2014. Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Summary for Policymakers
Further literature will be provided during the course.
Comments Note: Special course inscription and entry requirements!

MSD 2017
Credits may be transferred to the module "Focal areas in sustainability research" (learning agreement) (all students). Students with focus area in natural sciences may accredit the course within the published module.

MSD 2010
Anrechnung im MSD: Die LV ist im Wahlbereich Energie und Klimawandel/Bereich Phil.-Nat. publiziert. Studierende, welche die Grundlagen- und Aufbaubereiche Phil.-Nat. zu absolvieren haben, müssen diese weitestgehend abgeschlossen haben.
Studierende mit Studienvariante Phil.-Nat. können sich diese LV nach Rücksprache mit P. Holm mittels LC für den Vertiefungsbereich anrechnen lassen.

Teaching on Fridays, weekly classes from 20.09. to 01.11.19: 14.15 to 18.00h (breaks according to lecturer); final test on 01.11.19/during lecture time.

This course is offered by MSD, Dr. D. Schindler holds a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements Special course inscription required for ALL (for details see 'course application' or 'Anmeldung'). Course inscriptions in a different way then explained ARE NOT taken into account.

Limited number of participants (25), Students of the MSD and those of the mentioned fields of study (see list of modules) have priority. If you study something different you must do a master's degree within the 'Faculty of Sciences' and may attend the class in case of vacancies and former inscription as explained.

Entry requirements MSD 2017
Students with focus area in social sciences or in economics must have completed the module “Complementary knowledge in Natural Sciences”.
No special entry requirements for students with focus area in natural sciences.

MSD 2010
MSD-Studierende, welche die Grundlagen- und Aufbaubereiche Phil.-Nat. zu absolvieren haben, müssen diese bis und mit FS 19 weitestgehend abgeschlossen haben.
Course application Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 14.08.19y/noon - 04.09.19/midnight:

Login and application possible from 14.08.19/noon on. (Login button on top row right hand side of ADAM website)

NOTE: Be aware of special entry requirements. Course inscription via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants..

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until the second week of teaching + 2 days.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 20.09.2019 – 01.11.2019
Time Friday, 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)

On Fridays, weekly classes from 20.09. to 01.11.19: 14.15 to 18.00h.

Date Time Room
Friday 20.09.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 27.09.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 04.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 11.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 18.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 25.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 01.11.2019 14.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Modules Modul Wahlbereich Energie und Klimawandel (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Module: Core Competences in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Assessment format proof of course participation
Assessment details Regular attendance, required reading, presentation, written assessment on 01.11.19/lecture time

Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Departement Umweltwissenschaften