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EG3020 Global Climate Change

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:9.00 am - 10.00 am Wed and Thu, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Tue

Climate change is one of the most challenging environmental problems currently facing society. Recent global warming likely lies outside the range of natural variability when compared to the last 1000 or even 2000 years. This module addresses how this consensus view has been derived and considers the scientific evidence and arguments that underpin our current understanding of climate change. The module examines both strengths and limitations of long-term proxy climate records, historical datasets based upon direct observation, models of the climate system, and areas of greatest uncertainty within current knowledge. The impacts and policy responses to climate change are also introduced.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for MGeol Earth Sciences and BSc Environmental Earth Sciences.

Optional for Geography or Sustainable Development

UG Pre-requisite(s):Normally ES2002 or ES2003 or (GG2011 and GG2012)
UG Anti-requisite(s):GG3265, GG3268


Optional for Sustainable Development and Energy

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 2-hour practical.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 44
  • Guided independent study: 106

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%, No Re-assessment if Coursework mark is <4


Module coordinator:Dr R Wilson
Module teaching staff:Dr R Wilson, Prof T Prave, Dr T Raub, Dr J Rae