Global Change

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WMEE16001
Vaknaam Global Change
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Global Change
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. Explain the various causes of climate change
2. Interpret biogeochemical cycles including the global water cycle and the global carbon cycle
3. Apply the radiocarbon and the stable isotope analysis methods to investigate global change related problems
4. Apply the obtained knowledge on IPCC matters
Omschrijving GENERAL: Global Change (GC) encompasses all anthropogenic disturbances to the Earth's climate, already leading to an evident increase in the mean temperature and changes in weather patterns. This will also heavily influence our societies, primarily by changing water and food availability. Statements about manmade Global Climate Change require a thorough understanding of the undisturbed system.

First, the isotope chemistry relevant for GC will be described, as well as general dating methods. Second, GC will be related to biogeochemical cycles, greenhouse gases, water cycles, and aerosols. Third, the (synthesis report of the) latest IPCC report will be discussed, as well as how to extract the proper information from it, and how to relate that information to GC.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures (18 h), tutorials (10 h), assignment 1 (28 h), assignment 2 (project, 40 h), practical (computer practical, 4 h), self-study (40 h).)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(Written exam: digital exam (50%), Report (30%), Assignment (Assignment 1&2 together: 20%).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. H. Chen
Docent(en) prof. dr. H. Chen ,prof. dr. U. Dusek ,prof. dr. H.A.J. Meijer
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Powerpoints are the background literature, as well as articles, to be placed
at Nestor.
Books are available from the CIO library.
Entreevoorwaarden Prior knowledge: The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from basic mathematics and physics courses.
The course unit is followed by: The course unit is compulsory/optional for the energy and environmental science and is an elective in the MSc Applied physics (Courses in Business and Management) and in the MSc Mechanical Engineering.
Preparation for: The course unit is often followed by master thesis work at the center for isotope research (CIO), geoenergy (GEO), and combustion technology (CT), in which the learning objectives attained may be required as prior knowledge.
Note: The first lecture is mandatory.
Opmerkingen Both the project report and the written exam (digital exam) require a minimum 5.0.
The final mark will be calculated as 0.2 x assignment + 0.3 x project report + 0.5 x written exam. The project will be evaluated based on the submitted report.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Applied Physics  (Courses in Business and Management) - semester II a verplicht
MSc Courses for Exchange Students: Energy & Environment 19-20 - semester II a Energy & Environmental Sciences
MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences  ( Specialisation Courses) 1 semester II a compulsory/optional
MSc Mechanical Engineering: Advanced Instrumentation  (Courses in Business, Management and Society) 1 semester II a keuzegroep
MSc Mechanical Engineering: Smart Factories  (Courses in Business, Management and Society) 1 semester II a keuzegroep