Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals - ONLINE

Discover the latest in climate science and policy from across disciplines to ground your knowledge of climate adaptation.





  OFFERED: Mar 22 - apr 18, 2021


Professionals working in British Columbia are increasingly aware of the need for adaptation strategies but may be unsure where to start. This 4-module, instructor-led online course will provide learners from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds with an overview of the current state of knowledge on climate science and a grounding in the core concepts supporting climate change adaptation. Participants will gain an understanding of regional climate trends, risks, and their implications for human and natural systems, the role of adaptation in risk reduction, and an understanding of how science-based information and tools can be used in strategic adaptation planning.


What's the Problem?

Information on global and regional climate trends, projected scenarios of climate change, and sources of climate change information in Canada.

What's at Stake?

Understanding climate change risk and impact, information on projected impacts in Canada and British Columbia, as well as an update on the 2019-2020 wildfire season in Australia.

What can we do?

Climate change adaptation, including examples from British Columbia, and linkages with mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Knowledge & Skills to Practice

Use your own work background, and, reflecting on the previous Modules, create a story about how you might design a climate change adaptation activity that could be carried out from within your field of practice.


Module 1

Climate science, including observed climate trends and future scenarios of climate change

Module 2

Climate change risk, and projected impacts

Module 3

Climate change adaptation, and how it differs from adapting based on past experience

Module 4

Adaptation case


Dr. Stewart J. Cohen is an author and educator on human-caused climate change. His university education was in geography, obtaining degrees from McGill University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Cohen has recently retired from a 35-year research career with Environment and Climate Change Canada. During this time, he studied the impacts of projected climate change throughout Canada. This included work that was part of a research partnership agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC), in which he developed collaborative projects with the UBC community. He also created and taught a graduate course at UBC, “Climate Change in the 21st Century”. This led to him publishing a textbook with that title in 2009 (McGill-Queen’s University Press). He has been a member of author teams for national assessments of climate change in Canada and the United States, as well as several publications of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Dr. Cohen is currently writing posts on his blog,


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