PS 153.5: Climate Change and Disaster Risk

Course Number and Title: PS 153.5 (Climate Change and Disaster Risk)
Date Revised: Sept. 19, 2013
Number of Units: 3
Prerequisite: None

Course Description:
This course introduces the science of climate change and disasters. It covers the impacts of a globally warmer world, long-term climatic changes and rapid onset extreme events. The course tackles the connections between climate change and disasters, framed through an integrated risk approach and covers tools and concepts on socio-ecological resiliencs and influence diagrams. It aims to increase learning on climate change and disasters in a holistic manner so as to provide a well-rounded science-evidence based approach to assessing and formulating options and actions that lead towards pathways for development that are both sustainable and climate change resilient.

•  Archer, D. and Rahmstorf, S. (2010). The Climate Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
•  Beck, M., et al. (2012). World Risk Report 2012. United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security. Bonn: Alliance Development Works, 2012. 
•  Birkmann, J. (2013). Measuring vulnerability to promote disaster-resilient societies: Conceptual frameworks and definitions. In J. Birkmann (Ed.), Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: Towards disaster resilient socities, 2nd Ed. (9-54). Tokyo: United Nations University Press. 
•  Carpenter, S. et al. (2012). General Resilience to Cope with Extreme Events. Sustainability, 4, 3248-3259. doi:10.3390/su4123248, 2012.
•  Dressler, A. (2012). Introduction to Modern Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
•  IPCC. Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Core Writing Team, Pachauri, R.K. and Reisinger, A. (eds.)]. IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, 104 pp, 2007.
•  IPCC, Field, C.B. et al. (Eds.) (2012). Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

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