Climate Adaptation

NEW FOR FALL 2019! This course enables students to develop adaptation plans at varying geographic and temporal scales built around an understanding of the key components of vulnerability: the sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity of natural and human systems.  These key drivers of climate vulnerability will be used, along with socio-political and policy analysis, to develop adaptation plans that are informed by science, policy, and societal considerations.  Throughout the course, we will tackle the importance of characterizing and incorporating uncertainty (epistemic, stochastic, and response uncertainty) into our adaptation planning and we will explore risk informed decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.  We will also examine our understanding of the limits of adaptation and how adaptation opportunities will be constrained under various climate change scenarios.