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Climate and Climate Change Impact RENR 7200

Renewable Resources Course

Course details

​Understanding how climate change impacts ecosystems as well as techniques that increase the ability of ecosystems to withstand these impacts are essential to a successful career in natural resource management. This course begins by developing an understanding of the key processes that influence local weather versus climate patterns, as well as an understanding of climate feedback processes. The course will clarify the relative contributions of different human activities to recent and ongoing climate change, as well as explore the diverse impacts of this climate change on ecosystems. Relying heavily on case studies, this class will develop the student's ability to understand and critique common techniques used to increase the ability of ecosystems to withstand projected climate-related stressors. The course also explores key government regulations used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) as well as to mitigate the impacts of human-caused climate change on ecosystems. Course content will focus especially on climate topics that are relevant to southwestern British Columbia.​​

Prerequisite(s)

  • Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$832.85

Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of RENR 7200 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90693

Duration

Thu Jan 05 - Thu Apr 20 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 90693
  • $832.85
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Apr 20 Thu 08:30 - 11:30 Burnaby SE04 Rm. 106
Instructor

Lisa Henault

Course outline

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Cost

$832.85

Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Ecological Restoration students. Please contact Giti Abouhamzeh by email at giti_abouhamzeh@bcit.ca or by phone at 778-331-1392 to ask for permission.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between weather and climate.
  • Assess key atmospheric cycles that impact global weather and climate patterns (e.g., Walker Cycle, El Nino, La Nina, Pacific Decadal Oscillation).
  • Discuss key climate feedback loops and how they can increase/decrease the severity of climate change.
  • Describe the relative contributions of different human activities to climate change.
  • Classify the ecological stressors that are introduced to natural systems as a result of human-caused climate change.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of techniques that increase the ability of ecosystems to withstand projected climate-related stressors. Techniques include watershed restoration, riparian areas management, wetland creation, and agricultural practices that enhance conservation and quality of water and soils.
  • Critique provincial and federal governmental regulations used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and to mitigate the impacts of human-caused climate change on ecosystems.​​​​

Effective as of Winter 2023

Related Programs

Climate and Climate Change Impact (RENR 7200) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Bachelor of Science Full-time/Part-time

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