Weather, Climate and Society

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 19216

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules 03 18180 Hydroclimatology: climate and water

Module description

Human life in society is affected on different time scales by the variability of its natural environment. In the mean time, recent human activities seem to alter natural conditions, thus again feed backing on human society. One actual example is the interaction between extreme weather events and society, as well as climate changes and society. Consequently, this module is designed to make students familiar with basic aspects of mid-latitude weather (observations, analysis, forecasts), and the way operational information will be used for benefit for society. This will include interfaces between scientific knowledge and end users in economy and society on climate scales. Specific applications will be highlighted: the potential of wind and solar power; the cost/benefit of the use of weather information by industry; understanding of climate variability; the two way relationship between climate and society and the methods of climate impact assessment.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, videos, internet, self-guided literature search