Interactive Climate Exercises

The folks at the website Simple Climate have posted a really good set of exercises to guide those interested in learning more about climate change science. The exercises includes an excellent method to calculate one’s carbon footprint, an interactive map on the Keeling curve, and NASA’s Global Equilibrium Energy Balance Interactive Tinker Toy ((GEEBITT). There is also an excellent app for Apple platforms to guide users on how scientists construct and use global circulation models to predict climate change.

Oxford Online Short course

The University of Oxford is delighted to announce that enrolment is open for the seven-week advanced online short-course Constructing and Applying High Resolution Climate Scenarios to commence Monday 17 February 2014.

This course draws upon the world-class climate science expertise at the University of Oxford and the UK MET Office, and is taught online by Dr Friederike Otto and Dr Pete Walton at the Oxford Environmental Change Institute.  It is designed to enable policy-makers and other professionals to gain the skills and scientific understanding necessary to support organisations in climate change policy and practice.

 

The course provides a detailed investigation of regional climate modelling, examining how global climate change information can be ‘downscaled’ to regional levels, how this information can produce climate scenarios appropriate for input to impacts models, and how results from regional climate modelling systems can be interpreted and utilised.  The course will also be of significant benefit to users of PRECIS.

As an online course, it can be taken from anywhere in the world and is attractive to an international community.  Participants are able to interact with one another and the course tutor online via our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment.  For more information and enrolment please visit:

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/CAHRCS

Additionally, the University also offers a free online untutored course An Introduction to the Science of Climate and Climate Change.  This course provides an introduction to climate science and current issues surrounding the use of model projections of climate change.  It will be of great value to those wishing to learn about the basics of climate science and modelling, such as volunteers or students, and how to go about interpreting the results of modelling experiments.  For further information and registration please visit:

 

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/ISCCC

For full details of all of our climate change science and policy courses please visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/climate or contact the course team on climate@conted.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 286953. 

Kind regards,

Chris Thompson

 

Administrative Officer (Environment & Sustainability)

Continuing Professional Development Centre

Department for Continuing Education

University of Oxford

 

Tel: +44 (0)1865 286952

Fax: +44 (0)1865 286934

New Courses from the GHGMI

Dear colleagues:

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI) is developing* a new series of online courses based on the 2006 IPCC guidelines for greenhouse gas inventories. The curriculum in these courses is the definitive “source code” for carbon accounting at all scales: from national inventory estimation down to corporate footprinting.

The first course in this series, “501 IPCC: Introduction and Cross-Cutting Issues,” is now open for enrollment. This course teaches the techniques fundamental to compiling an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and removals.

http://ghginstitute.org/education2/courses2/ipcc-introduction-and-cross-cutting-issues2/

This spring, we will be launching a series of sectoral online courses also based on the 2006 IPCC Guidelines, including:

511 IPCC: Energy
521 IPCC: Industrial Processes and Other Product Use
531 IPCC: Agriculture
541 IPCC: Forestry and Other Land Uses
551 IPCC: Waste

For more information and registration details for the “501 IPCC: Introduction and Cross-Cutting Issues” course or other GHGMI curriculum please email registrar@ghginstitute.org or visit:

http://ghginstitute.org/education2/courses2/

100 Views of Climate Change Teaching Resource

Please take a look at the website 100 Views of Climate Change (http://changingclimates.colostate.edu), a collection of annotated resources (videos, books, articles, websites) from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives (sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts), each characterized by college-level content and primer-level clarity, most of them lively and inviting to readers. These sources are for interested, non-specialist adults—for climate citizens—including (but by no means limited to) college students and their teachers (who will also find here a few resources such as syllabi).

This website is a project of Changing Climates @ Colorado State University, a multidisciplinary education and outreach initiative housed in the English Department and supported by the NSF-funded Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP). CC@CSU began with several series of talks by specialists for the campus and wider community (over 120 talks so far, to audiences totaling some 6,000). Current activities include this website and various efforts to help specialists communicate more clearly and effectively to the general public.

To suggest resources for the website, or for further information, please contact SueEllen Campbell, co-director of CC@CSU: sueellen.campbell@colostate.edu.

 

Self-Paced Courses on REDD+

The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund have recently released three new, self-paced and web-based courses on climate change and REDD+ on www.conservationtraining.org.

The curriculum, Introductory Curriculum on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Conserving and Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+), provides an introductory level of understanding on climate change, deforestation, forest degradation, and REDD+. This new version contains up-to-date information on policy and implementation as well as a cool new facelift and improved interactivity. It is divided into three courses:

• In Course 1, Introduction to Climate Change and the Role of Forests, the focus is on background information on climate change, the drivers of deforestation, and strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

• In Course 2, REDD+ Policy, the essential aspects of the technical, political, financial, social, and environmental issues related to REDD+ are covered.

• Finally, in Course 3, REDD+ Implementation, the focus is on the basics of implementing REDD+ activities at various scales.

The course is freely available to anyone who is interested.

TERI Distance Learning Program on Climate Science

Responding  to increasing concerns over climate change, TERI, the Institute for  Global Environmental Strategies (IGES: www.iges.or.jp), and World Bank Tokyo  Development  Learning  Center  (TDLC: www.jointokyo.org) had jointly developed  a  distance learning programme on ‘Science and Policy of Climate Change’ using blended learning technologies.

After the success of this programme for the past two years, we are happy to announce  the  start  of  the  3rd  batch  now from 13 September 2013, with enhanced scope and coverage.

Programme Details

Registration Dates:                           1 August – 31 August 2013

Programme Start Date:           13 September 2013

Duration of the programme:             12 weeks

Programme website:                         http://www.esdonline.org/spcc/

Programme Content

Module 1: Science of Climate Change

Module 2: Impacts of Climate Change

Module 3: Coping with Climate Change

Module 4: Action and Political Economy

What Certification will be awarded?

On successful completion of the programme, the participants will be awarded a joint certificate from TERI, IGES and TDLC

New Energy Syllabus Bank

The Energy Policy & Climate program at Johns Hopkins has developed a new Energy syllabus bank, collecting syllabi from energy science, law, policy and economics courses: http://advanced.jhu.edu/academics/graduate-degree-programs/energy-policy-and-climate/program-resources/energy-syllabi-bank/ It is our intention to regularly update this resource, so please send pertinent syllabi to my attention.

Just a reminder, we’re always seeking syllabi for the Climate Change syllabus bank also: http://www.iucnael.org/en/online-resources/climate-law-teaching-resources.html

Please send syllabi to Dr. Wil Burns: wburns@jhu.edu.

Climate Leader Online Course

Climate Interactive invites you to join us for The Climate Leader, an online course to better understand the interconnections and pathways to addressing our complex climate challenge. Through The Climate Leader, we will share some time-tested insights developed at MIT’s business school that we will apply to taking action on climate.

The Climate Leader will be led by Climate Interactive co-directors Beth Sawin and Drew Jones who have decades of experience helping groups navigate the challenges they face using systems thinking. The first Climate Leader course will be this fall.

Whether you are top government official or working within a small community group, The Climate Leader will offer you some practical and proven approaches for:

  • navigating complex issues
  • enhancing strategy
  • drawing on your own rational brilliance
  • using your own deep intuitive instincts


The course will help you answer questions like:

  • How can I best look at the big picture, and why is that so useful?
  • How do I identify places in my work that will have the most impact?
  • How can my efforts best be amplified?
  • What are the root causes of the challenge I’m facing?


The first course will cover things like feedback loops and techniques for mapping complex economic, social, and environmental systems to identify paths forward on climate. Later courses will cover using Climate Interactive’s suite of user-friendly climate and energy simulators, such as C-ROADS, or be specific to particular audiences.

The course is free, although if you can, we’d love you to donate to support us. In return for what we provide, we expect you will use what you can to make a difference, share what you like, and give us feedback. Our strategy is: we help you, you help us, and together we will do our best to win on climate.

If this sounds useful to your work, please join us by signing up at http://theclimateleader.org. We will be in touch with more details, as we get closer to launching the program. 

Thanks,

Ellie 

p.s. Please share with any colleagues or networks that may be interested.

 

 

Ellie Johnston

Climate Interactive

http://climateinteractive.org/

ECOWAS Energy Training Program

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency(ECREEE), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) in New York and the Engineering Department of the University of Cape Verde (UNICV) in Mindelo, São Vicente, are executing a part-time certified distance-learning programme on sustainable energy for experts from the ECOWAS region.

The first round of this programme will train ten (10) experts currently employed by utilities, regulators or independent power producers (IPPs) in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy policy planning. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the long-term capabilities of these institutions and companies to design and appraise projects, integrate renewable energy and energy efficiency into their planning, execution and monitoring cycles.

Qualified and interested experts from all fifteen (15) ECOWAS countries are invited to apply. The application deadline is 31 August 2013. Further information is available at: http://www.ecreee.org and http://www.cvn.columbia.edu/ecreee/.

 

Advanced PG Diploma in Renewable Energy, Teri University

Advanced  PG  Diploma  distance  learning  programme in Renewable Energy is being  offered  by  TERI  University.  Last Date for applying is 30th June, 2013.

It  gives  an  opportunity to learn about the fastest growing sector in the world, sitting in the comfort of your home/office.

 Programme Details:

-              A two years Advanced PG Diploma with an exit option after a year leadingto a PG Diploma in Renewable Energy

-              Covers technologies such as solar, Wind and biomass, growing at a doubledigit rate

-              Study through web-based Virtual Learning Environment

-              Lectures  from  renowned  experts  in  each  field  during  face-to-faceinteraction or through webinars

-              Developed in collaboration with UK Open University and Ministry of New &Renewable Energy, Government of India

-              Approved by Distance Education Council (DEC), India

-              Open for International students also

Eligibility:

A bachelors degree in Mathematics/Physical Science/Technology or equivalent with  minimum  cumulative grade point average of 6.0 on a 10 point scale or equivalent  as  determined  by  TERI University, wherever letter grades are awarded,  or  55%  marks  in  aggregate  (of  all  years/semesters  of  the qualifying examinations) wherever marks are awarded.

More Details:

For  more  information  about  the  programme,  kindly go through the link:

http://www.teriuniversity.ac.in/APGDRE/   or  contact  the  University  for further details at the below mentioned.

With regards,

TERI University

Phone: +91 11 26122222, 26139110, 26139011

Website: www.teriuniversity.ac.in