"Science of Climate Change and Climate Actions" is a soft skill course at the University of Bologna. It will be taught in English for a total of 24 hours (3 credits) in the second semester, by me and other expert colleagues. Details are given here. Access is given to a maximum number of 200 students. The study plan is as follows:
- Climate history: observed data, proxy data, climatic variability (glaciations, solar activity, climate cycles);
- Advanced techniques for environmental monitoring;
- Climate physics and modeling;
- Modeling of climate related processes: water cycle and natural hazards;
- Solutions for climate change mitigation;
- Solutions for climate change adaptation;
- Climate analysis with open data and open software.
Lectures will be given from February 20 to May 2nd (included) on Monday from 14:30 to 17:30 in room 6.1 at the Campus of Engineering and Architecture in Via del Risorgimento 2 - Bologna. Lectures will be delivered both in physical presence and in streaming. Simultaneous translation in Italian will be provided during the streaming, in the permanent Zoom room of the course. Meeting ID is 851 0111 1804 and the password is 513982.
Lectures will include a set of seminars within an interdisciplinary setting, given by distinguished professors and experts on the related topics, according to the following calendar:
Monday 20 February 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. Alberto Montanari
Monday 27 February 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. Alberto Montanari
Monday 6 March 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. to be defined
Monday 13 March 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. to be defined
Monday 20 March 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. to be defined
Monday 27 March 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. to be defined
Monday 3 April 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. to be defined
Monday 17 April 14:30-17:30, aula 6.1: Prof. Alberto Montanari
(Prof. Alberto Montanari will be attending all lectures)
Emphasis will be given to the concept of sustainability with an innovative and coordinated approach.
The tutorials for the course will be delivered in the form of open web pages, open media and freely accessible videos of all the lectures, for the sake of developing academic education through fully open information. Tutorials will be updated while teaching through collaborative work with the students (see below). Tutorial web pages for the lectures (provisional list):
- The climate change problem
- The Earth system - Lecture by Prof. Alberto Montanari.
- Climate models
- Climate change and water cycle
- History of Earth's climate - Lecture by Prof. Alberto Montanari. Tutorials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment of the University of Bologna.
- Climate and energy - Lecture by Prof. Alberto Montanari (interested students may see here complementary slides by prof. A Bellini on the Virtual Learning Environment of the University of Bologna).
- Design of climate change adaptation actions
The above tutorials are also available on the official Moodle platform of the University of Bologna at virtuale.unibo.it (direct link to the course), that is accessible with student's credentials.
The videos of the lectures are available at the link below: Playlist of Science of Climate Change and Climate Actions 2023 Videos will be made available within one week after the lecture.
Learning outcome will be assessed through an online examination (quiz). The quiz will have a duration of 30 minutes with 30 questions, that are related to the topics that are taught during the lectures and are described in the supporting documents. Questions will be with multiple answers, only one of them is correct and there is no penalty for wrong answers. The highest score (30/30) is reserved to students who demonstrate excellent knowledge of the notions. The laude is reserved to students who demonstrate exceptional performances. Exam dates will be fixed in agreement with the students at the beginning of the course. Exam dates will be scheduled in June, July, September and January.
The teacher is available to provide clarifications on request, by receiving individual students or groups. Teacher can be contacted by email and will receive students after the lectures.