Search results - Constructing and Applying High Resolution Climate Scenarios
|Types||Online and Distance Learning|
Oxford Qualification - Part-time
|Dates||Mon 8 Oct 2012 to Fri 4 Jan 2013|
|Subject area(s)||Environmental Sciences|
|Application status||Course ended|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 286953.|
The first run of this new course completed in January 2013. To register your interest in the course and receive information relating to any future run, please email email@example.com..
This course aims to build on the basics introduced in An Introduction to the Science of Climate and Climate Change , but its primary focus is on the use of regional climate models in particular, and how their output (or indeed that of global models and/or observations) can be analysed and prepared for use as inputs to impacts models of various kinds. All the reading material is embedded into the course, but students additionally have access to the University's electronic resources and online journals, which they are expected to use for some of the activities.
Constructing and applying high resolution climate scenarios is a 7-week tutored online course.
Content will look in particular at three steps: the step from global climate change information to the regional detail ('downscaling'), the step from regional and global climate change information to producing climate scenarios appropriate for input to impacts models, and the step from climate scenarios to impacts models, giving the eventual climate impacts information that we seek.
Course ObjectivesTo enable participants to:
- Understand the cascade of uncertainties in the generation of regional climate information
- Understand climate and regional climate models (RCMs)
- Understand the potential and limitations of RCMs
- Design effective RCM experiments
- Validate and evaluate an RCM
- Construct climate scenarios for an impacts assessment
Course ContentThis course is organized into 7 units, with an assignment to be completed upon completion of the course. Each unit should take around one week to cover, and up to five additional weeks is permitted for completion of the assignment, which is submitted online. Each unit is relatively free-standing.
- Unit 1: Introduction
- Unit 2: Uncertainties in the development of climate scenarios
- Unit 3: Regionalisation techniques and regional climate modelling
- Unit 4: Regional climate models
- Unit 5: Validating & evaluating a regional climate model
- Unit 6: Designing regional climate model experiments
- Unit 7: Climate scenario construction for impacts assessments
Selection criteriaThere may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.
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The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants contributing to all the forums and successfully completing the assessment will obtain 20 CATS-equivalent points (FHEQ level 7) which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.
Assessment will be based on submission of an assignment, not exceeding 4000 words. Students will be asked to demonstrate how they would design a regional climate model experiment for their region, and how they would assess the quality of their design.
Level and demandsLearning time will constitute 12 weeks (including assignment preparation). Notionally, up to 200 hours: 50-80 hours study of web-based course materials and participation in an online community; 40 hours additional reading and independent study; 60 hours preparation and drafting of coursework assignment
Teaching methodsThe course is taken entirely online but is tutor-led by an experienced climate scientist.
KNOWLEDGE - By the end of this course participants will have gained:
- an overview of the scientific formulation of climate models and regional climate models (RCMs)
- experience of using climate scenarios for impacts assessment
- the cascade of uncertainties inherent in the development and application of high resolution climate change scenarios
- the uses of RCMs
- the issues which need to be considered when setting up an RCM experiment
- the need for validation of a regional climate model
- the ability to design, evaluate and validate effective experiments using RCMs
- methods to develop climate scenarios
- Programme Fee
- course tuition fee: £1250.00
Apply for this course
Candidates must have undertaken the Departmentís professional development course: An Introduction to the Science of Climate and Climate Change, and have achieved a pass mark of at least 90% in the final course test. This introductory course is open to all and offered free of charge.
A computer and reliable internet connection are required for our climate science courses.
Candidates must hold a qualification equivalent to a first Honours Degree (BA, BSc), or be able to demonstrate significant experience in the field of climate science. If you hold non-British qualifications, you are advised to check with the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) www.naric.org.uk how your qualifications match these requirements.
Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University. Candidates who operate as professionals extensively in the medium of English may submit a waiver request (short letter), which should be submitted along with their application pack. This should clearly indicate the nature/extent of current use of and level of proficiency in the English language.
Your application must comprise of an application form (all sections completed), a full Curriculum Vitae, a Personal Statement and one reference. All documents must be presented in English. Candidates are encouraged to provide an academic transcript. Your reference must be secured and submitted in time to be considered alongside the rest of your application.
Should you have any specific queries about applying please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +44 (0)1865 286953.
The fee for this course is £1,250 which is payable in advance of course start date.
Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.
Programmes including this module
This module can be studied as part of these programmes: