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Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals - ONLINE

Professionals working in British Columbia are increasingly aware of the need for adaptation strategies but may be unsure where to start. This 4-module, instructor-led online course will provide learners from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds with an overview of the current state of knowledge on climate science and a grounding in the core concepts supporting climate change adaptation. Learners will gain an understanding of regional climate trends, risks, and their implications for human and natural systems, the role of adaptation in risk reduction, and an understanding of how science-based information and tools can be used in strategic adaptation planning.
Facilitator: Stewart Cohen

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the core concepts of climate science
  • Distinguish between weather, climate variability and climate change
  • Describe current climate trends, regional impacts and the role of adaptation
  • Analyse different regional climate change scenarios, impacts, and opportunities for adaptation and mitigation
  • Develop a high-level plan for integrating climate change adaptation into practice.

Learner Effort:
The course consists of 5 hours per module (4 modules in total) + 5 hours devoted to an assessment(s). This equates to approximately 6 hours of learner effort per week.

Live (Synchronous) Sessions:
Live (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled by the instructor. Learners will be notified of the time of these sessions in the course. Live (synchronous) sessions will be recorded for learners unable to attend.

Computer Requirements
A week prior to the course start date learners will receive an email from Royal Roads University Professional and Continuing Studies with information on how to access the online course. At that time learners will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize themselves with the online learning platform. Learners will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: computerservices.royalroads.ca/computer_equip_requirements.

Microcredential
This course is eligible to be used as a core course credit in the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-Credential. Interested individuals seeking a broader, foundational knowledge base in climate action may wish to expand upon the learnings of this course by enrolling in this micro-credential.

Learn more about the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential here.