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EG3020   Global Climate Change

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

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. However, over geological time-scales, global temperatures have been significantly warmer than today. 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. Particular emphasis is also placed on the dynamical processes and varying factors that drive short and long-term climate along with related feedbacks within the system..

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass ES2002 or pass ES2003 or ( pass GG2011 and pass GG2012 )

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take GG3268 or take GG3265

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 2-hour practical.

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 106

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%, No Re-assessment if Coursework mark is less than 4


Module teaching staff: Dr R Wilson, Dr J Rae, Dr A Burke