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UGEB2871 Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Lecture: Mondays 11:30 a.m. - 02:15 p.m.
Dr. AU-YEUNG Yee Man, Professor CHAN Chung Leung Johnny
This course covers various issues related to climate and climate change, such as how it is related to our lives, our changing climate in the past, sea level rise, impacts of stratospheric ozone hole and global warming, El Niño events and disastrous climate extremes, tropical cyclones, and our responses to climate change.
This course intends to enable students to become knowledgeable in the debate on global environmental change and the relevant adaptation and mitigation strategies, which can provide a clearer understanding of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG#13 Climate Action. It can also better prepare them to make informed decisions in their career and personal life in the future complex society where resolving the ever-increasing demand for energy and the preservation of the integrity of the environment and natural resources will be a foremost concern. The technological and policy solutions discussed will also help contribute to address SDG#7 Affordable and Clean Energy as well as SDG#3 Good Health and Well-being.
At the end of the course, you should be able to
- describe basic features of the earth system
- explain the possible reasons for the occurrence of different types of weather and climate phenomena
- describe the different types of extreme weather
- describe the tools used to (a) identify the past, and (b) predict and project future changes in weather and climate
- explain how these tools can be used to estimate the impacts of climate change on the different types of extreme weather
- identify the scientific meaning behind different types of climate science data (e.g., rising sea level) and their limitations as non-science students
- explore the possible human footprint on the natural variability of climate
- understand the discussion behind the adaptation and mitigation strategies towards the global environmental change, contributing to the understanding and pursuit of SDG#13 Climate Action, SDG#7 Clean and Affordable Energy, and SDG#3 Good Health and Well-being