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Environmental Engineering MA, Climate Change, Impact and Action Strategies, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: MÖ003A
Subject/Main field: Miljöteknik
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 9/20/2007
Date of change: 5/7/2018
Version valid from: 11/12/2018


The objective is that the student should acquire an understanding of how the global climate system responds to anthropogenic influence, how society may adapt to climate change and how society may mitigate the effects on the climate system.

Course objectives

After the course the student should be able to:
- give a brief description of the global climate system
- describe the scientific foundations of anthropogenic influence on the global climate system
- give an account of the consequences of anthropogenic influence on the global climate system
- describe different ways of adaptation to climate change in relation to sustainable development and equity
- describe and analyse different strategies for reduction of the net emissions of greenhouse gasses
- briefly describe the structure of a climate model and its limitations
- describe methods for dealing with uncertainty in models, scenarios and mitigation strategies
- from a meteorological perspective, analyse uncertainties in climate scenarios and impacts on a regional and global scale


The course gives a description of the scientific understanding of anthropogenic climate change, it's causes and possible adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor of at least 180 Credits (180 ECTS) or equivalent, with at least 30 Credits (30 ECTS) in Environmental Science or Environmental Technology/Engineering.
Proven language proficiency in English (English course B), for example shown from one of the following international English tests:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 on a paper based test and not below 4.5 on the TWE
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 on internet based test and not below 20 on the TWE
- IELTS Academic Training with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score on the specific parts of at least 5.5.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching is given as lectures, seminars and various excercises. Computer applications may be included. Attendance may be compulsory for some of the teaching.

Examination form

Written assignments and written exam.

Assessment criteria for this subject can be found on

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Alley, R., Berntsen, T., Nathaniel, L., et al.
Title: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Summary for Policymakers
Edition: 2007

Author: Atson, R.T., Noble, I.R., Bolin, B., et al. (eds)
Title: Land use, land-use change, and forestry. IPCC Special Report.
Edition: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Watson, Robert T. (eds)
Title: Climate change 2001: Synthesis. IPCC Third Assessment Report
Edition: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Other information

Kursen ges på engelska.