Climate Change in Planning and Design (CLIMATE 530)

This course was designed for the Climate and Space (CLaSP) MEng in Applied Climate. The course is also designed to be accessible as an elective to those in other departments in the College of Engineering and across the University as a whole. The target is the professional who needs to incorporate climate knowledge in planning and design.
Course Description

" But regardless of how much supporting scientific information is available, making choices about how to act in the face of uncertainty can prove contentious if people disagree about the nature of the risks they face or about which elements of these risks are most important."

America's Climate Choices, 2011

This seminar-reading-discussion course focuses on special topics on the use of climate-change data and knowledge in planning, design, engineering and management. Topics include, for example, uncertainty in the context of decision making, non-stationarity in design and engineering, and vulnerability and risk assessment.

Examples of subject areas include:

  1. Description of uncertainty in climate data and projections and how to manage that uncertainty in planning and design,
  2. Exploration of incorporating non-stationarity of weather into planning and design,
  3. Discovery of vulnerability to changing weather and incorporation of knowledge into risk assessment and management.

These subject areas are at the leading edge, multi-disciplinary, complex and rapidly evolving. The course will include seminars by experts in the field, readings and responses. The course will consider application of the knowledge developed in the course to real-world applications.

"... in the case of some people, not even if we had the most accurate scientific knowledge, would it be easy to persuade them …”

Aristotle, Rhetoric, 350 BC