NPLK14030U Climate Change and Land Use
MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
MSc Programme in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus)
Climate Change and Land Use is an interdisciplinary course
offered by the University of Copenhagen. It is open for MSc
students and continuing education students with a relevant BSc
background in natural sciences, social sciences and economics.
The focus of the course is the effects of climate change on land use and the corresponding feedback effects of land use on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The course features a comprehensive analysis of climate change and land use in relation to food, fodder, timber and bioenergy production, an overview of the global N and C cycles, and a comparison of regional differences in land use and agricultural/silvicultural traditions in developed versus developing countries. Global demand for arable land, drivers of land use change and land use governance is discussed in relation to climate change and food security.
An analysis of how different land use systems can be managed to adapt to current and long-term climate change is performed together with an analysis of the potential for reducing GHG emissions in agriculture and forestry by carbon sequestration, fossil fuel substitution and resource use optimization.
Future perspectives for sustainable land use are analyzed with respect to sustainable intensification versus sustainable extensification, technological solutions for sustainable land use, and future land use scenarios for food, fodder, timber and bioenergy production.
The aim of the course is to give a solid understanding of
climate change and land use in relation to food, fodder, timber and
bioenergy production. After completing the course the student
should be able to:
- Describe global, regional and local impacts of climate change on agriculture and forestry
- Summarize how land use and land use change is affecting climate change
- Identify global demand for arable land and drivers of land use change
- Outline major regional differences in land use, agricultural/silvicultural traditions and ecological footprint
- Select and apply relevant scientific tools to analyze options for climate change adaptation in agriculture and forestry
- Assess different strategies for reducing GHG emission by carbon sequestration, fossil fuel substitution and resource use optimization in the land use sector
- Compare global, regional and local land use governance policies
- Discuss and debate scientific papers on climate change and land use
- Cooperate and work independently to complete a conference poster or scientific manuscript investigating a case specific research questions on climate change and land use
- Reflect on the future perspectives for sustainable land use
The learning resources consist of selected scientific articles, reports and book chapters which will be made available online.
- Course Preparation
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 15 minuttesNo preparation time before the oral exam.
Students will be assessed on the basis of their individual performance in an oral exam covering the conference poster/scientific manuscript and the general curriculum
- Exam registration requirements
Contribution to conference poster/scientific manuscript
- Written aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
Re-exam: Oral examination, 15 minutes. As the ordinary exam.
If the student has not contributed to the submitted group poster/manuscript an individual poster/manuscript on a selected research question within the studied subjects of the course must be submitted two weeks before the re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the description of learning outcome