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GAP2002 – Climate Change and Geographical Information Systems

Module Content

This module provides an overview of documented impacts of climate change on biodiversity and land-use, investigates the relationships between land use change and climate change, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of future scenario models, and summarises relevant policy at national, European, and global levels. Practical training sessions will introduce students to the basic principles and practices of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Learning Outcomes

On completion students will be able to demonstrate: knowledge and understanding of the causes and mechanisms of global climate change, the reliability of future climate change predictions, connections between land use change and climate change, the potential contributions of a range of adaptation and mitigation strategies. Basic competence in sourcing, formatting, viewing, and analyzing spatial climate data. The ability to synthesize and critical assess the range of information available into a comprehensive discussion.


Dr Alastair Ruffell (Module Coordinator)
Dr Jennifer McKinley
Dr Iestyn Barr
Lorraine Barry
Conor Graham


Written and oral skills; Information Computer Technology including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and bibliographic databases; information sourcing and synthesis; critical evaluation and decision making; individual learning; group working and team skills.



Supplementary Notes

Students must pass both exam and coursework components of the course to pass the module.


 Exam (1hr MCQ)
 Exam (1hr written)
 GIS Practicals (6 reports plus project)
 Group Debate
 Individual Report