CLIM095 Applied Climate Science for Infrastructure Practitioners


Course Description

This course offered by the Climate Risk Institute and delivered by leading infrastructure and resilience experts will provide an overview of the fundamental principles that underpin climate change science; the application of climate scenarios; the role of global and regional climate models in predicting the behaviour of the climate system in response to different forcing scenarios, and how we can translate climate model outputs in support of multi-scale impacts assessment or design of various infrastructure systems.  Examples will be drawn from various aspects of the built environment to illustrate the impacts in a changing climate, possible risk mitigation and adaptation approaches, and challenges and opportunities related to design decision-making under climate change uncertainty.

Please note: This course is not eligible for the Lifelong Learning Alumni Discount.

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Course Outline

This course will be of interest a range of infrastructure professionals and practitioners, including engineers, who are involved in policy, planning, procurement, pre-design, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who, now and in the future, need to consider the changing climate for these activities.

Applies towards the following programs:

  • Infrastructure  and Climate Resilience Planning Micro-Credential
  • Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program

These credentials will be of interest to engineers, planners, architects, and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management, and regulation of built or green infrastructure, the assessment of climate risk at multiple scales, and the identification and implementation of climate change adaptation strategies or actions.

About IRP Credential.

The  Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program has been designed to help engineering professionals strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design, and management of infrastructure. The IRP program and credential is managed independently by the Climate Risk Institute. To obtain the IRP credential, individuals must successfully complete six courses, demonstrate experience related to climate change and infrastructure, and be a licenced as a Professional Engineer in good standing in Canada.

You do not need to pursue the IRP credential to participate in the course, it is open to all interested participants.

Learner Outcomes

  • An understanding of the physical basis of climate change science, major drivers of change, and evolution of Earth’s climate.
  • Ability to work with available observed data sets, use methodologies for quantifying changes in observational measurements, and inference derivation.
  • An understanding of how climate change is modeled through regional and global climate models.
  • An understanding of climate scenarios and climate model output uncertainty in future climate projections.
  • Capacity to work with available climate projections data portals.
  • Understanding of statistical and computing methods/tools to obtain climate information at the space-time scales useful for engineering applications and uncertainty quantification.
  • Knowledge of methods for deriving, interpreting, and integrating climate parameters into engineering design.
  • Understanding of the adaptability of infrastructure design codes, standards, and guidelines to changing climate and associated challenges and opportunities
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