Climate Science for Policymakers

Course schedule

Classroom Training:
10 - 14 Jun 2024London5 days£4,250
14 - 18 Oct 2024London5 days£4,250

Please note: prices shown above are exclusive of VAT (20%).

Course Overview

Designed for policymakers, this course provides an overview of climate science, climate change impacts, and the policy responses required to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Who Should Attend

  • Policymakers and government officials at local, regional, and national levels
  • Staff of intergovernmental organizations focused on climate or related sectors
  • NGOs and advocacy groups aiming to influence or craft climate-related policies
  • Researchers and academics interested in the intersection of climate science and policy
  • Professionals in consultancy, especially those advising on environmental and sustainability issues

Course Outcomes

  • Understand the foundational scientific concepts underpinning climate change
  • Recognise the major drivers of climate change and their implications for ecosystems and societies
  • Interpret and analyse climate data and its relevance to policy decisions
  • Explore effective climate mitigation and adaptation strategies tailored for policymakers
  • Facilitate informed, evidence-based policymaking by bridging the gap between climate science and governance

Course Topics

Client Science Fundamentals

  • Overview of Earth’s climate system: Atmosphere hydrosphere geosphere and biosphere
  • Greenhouse effect: Understanding natural processes and human-induced changes
  • Climate vs. weather: Differences misconceptions and the significance of variability
  • Historical context: Paleoclimatology and lessons from the past

Drivers of Climate Change

  • Anthropogenic vs. natural drivers: CO2 emissions deforestation and solar variations
  • The role of feedback mechanisms in amplifying or dampening change
  • Oceans and climate: Oceanic currents acidification and heat storage
  • Socio-economic drivers: Population growth urbanization and consumption patterns

Climate Data and Modelling

  • Introduction to climate modeling: How models work and their importance
  • Interpreting climate projections: Scenarios uncertainties and risk assessments
  • Data sources: Satellite observations meteorological stations and ocean buoys
  • Tools and technologies: GIS (Geographical Information Systems) remote sensing and their applications in policymaking

Day 4: Mitigation Strategies and Policy

  • Carbon management: Carbon capture storage and sequestration technologies
  • Renewable energy transition: Wind solar hydro and nuclear
  • Policy instruments: Carbon pricing emission trading systems and renewable energy mandates
  • Case studies: Successful mitigation policies from around the globe

Day 5: Adaptation and Resilience

  • Understanding the importance of building resilience in communities and ecosystems
  • Infrastructure adaptation: Designing for rising sea levels extreme weather and changing patterns
  • Social and economic adaptation strategies: Insurance migration and capacity building
  • Policy integration: Aligning climate goals with other sectors and policy objectives

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