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Climate Change and Geo-Informatics: Course Outline (MSDM)

A change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

Course Outline

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To know about the concepts and principles of Climate Change and Geo-informatics
  • To understand the global warming and greenhouse gas effects, process of climate system and climate change and global climatic regions
  • To link DRR with climate change and analyse the risks, and uncertainties of climate change
  • To understand various climate change indicators and its assessment methodologies, climate change protocols, legal framework and policy
  • To understand climate change impacts at global, national and local level and its risk reduction mitigation and adaptation strategies,
  • To understand students about the future of climate change and its potential exacerbations
  • To understand the students about the GIS, Remote sensing and global positioning system
  • To provide students the knowledge and application of geo-informatics in assessing climate change and its potential impacts

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of this course, students should be able to

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Climate change and Geo-informatics
  • Understand the concepts and understanding of global warming and greenhouse effects
  • Provide the students the causes of climate change and its adverse consequences
  • Learn the skill of using climate change indicators and predict for its future impacts
  • Understand the Climate change risk reduction strategies of mitigation and adaptations
  • Learn the background of geo-informatics and its technical applications in Climate change
  • Learn the international protocols and legal frameworks and its policy implications

COURSE CONTENTS

Introduction to Climate Change and Natural Hazards, Weather and Climate, Global Climatic Regions, concept of El-Nino and La-Nina Effect, Climate Change and Global Warming, Causes of Climate Change (Natural and Anthropogenic), Indicators of climate change and its assessment methodologies, Impacts of Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, Climate Change and Extreme Hydro-meteorological Events, Global Distribution of Hydro-meteorological Disasters, Climate Change and Vulnerabilities, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptations, Global Circulation Models (GCM) and Climate Change, International protocols, UNCFCC, Climate Change Policy of Pakistan, Local coping strategies, indigenous knowledge in climate change adaptation, Climate Change adaptation needs in Pakistan-agriculture, water, forestry, biodiversity, health etc. and legislations, Introduction to GIS, Remote sensing and global positioning system, Application of Geo-informatics in DRR and climate change

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