WFM 6311: Climate Change Risk Management

                        Semester: October 2011


1. Instructor:


Dr. Rezaur Rahman
Professor, IWFM, BUET
Phone: 880-2-9664640-44 PABX Ext 7814


Dr. A.K.M. Saiful Islam
Associate Professor, IWFM, BUET
Phone: 880-2-9664640-44 PABX Ext 7923

2. Class Hours:

  Saturday     2:15p.m. - 4:35.m.  (Ground Floor, IWFM)

3. Office Hours:

Saturday (subject to change)    5:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.  (Room 309,  IWFM)

4. Syllabus:

  • The global climate system: global heat and water balance, atmospheric circulation, ocean circulation, coupled ocean and atmospheric processes;

  • Climate variability and climate change;

  • Assessment of climate change risks;

  • Forecasts and scenarios development;

  • Impact of climate change on water related hazards;

  • Economic, social and environmental implications;

  • Mitigation measures and adaptation techniques;

  • Mainstreaming climate change risk management

5. Grading Policy (subject to change):

Mid Term  =30%  Final Exam = 40%
Term Paper =25% Attendance = 5%

7. Lecture Topics:

  • Module-1: Climate System and Hydrologic cycle
    [downloads: Syllabus and  Lecture -1]

    • Atmosphere

    • Cryosphere: Sea, Ice sheet, Glacier

    • Hydrosphere: River, Lakes, ocean interactions

    • Hydrologic Cycle

    • Biosphere and Ecosystem

  • Module-2: Climate variability and climate change
    [ download: Lecture-2 ]

    • Global warming and green house gases

    • Historic aspects of global climate change

    • Climate change in South Asian context: Case study

  • Module-3: Prediction of climate change
    [ download: Lecture-3 , Lecture-4, Lecture-5a, Lecture-5b, Lecture-5c, Lecture-5d, Lecture-6 and Uncertainty
    Assignment data: Rainfall.txt ]

    • Global and regional climate change predictions

    • Dynamic and static downscaling for impact study.

    • Uncertainty of predictions

  • Module-4: Impact of climate change on water sector

    • Flood risk assessment

    • Drought risk assessment

    • Sea level rise and salinity intrusion

    • River Erosion and livelihoods

    • Cyclone and storm surges

  • Module-5: Economic, social and Environmental implications of climate change

    • Economics of climate change

    • Social impact of climate change: vulnerable social groups and gender.

    • Impact of climate change on deltaic ecosystem (arid, coastal and deltaic system).

    • Implication of climate change on agriculture, food security and livelihood.

    • Implication of climate change on water supply, sanitation and health (heat stress and vector born diseases).

    • Vulnerability analysis, adaptive capacity and sensitivity.

  • Module-6: Mitigation measures and adaptation techniques.

    • Mitigation measures and carbon trading.

    • Non structural and structural adaptation.

    • Adaptation techniques in the context of integrated water resource management.

  • Module-7: Policy, laws, international conventions and country program.

    • Global awareness and IPCC interpretations

    • Koyoto protocol and other international conventions.

    • Responses to climate change: global, national and local

    • National Climate change strategies and activities.

    • Institutional arrangements of climate change.

9. Term Paper:

  •  Guideline: Students are advise to select a topic relevant to their profession.

  • Report: 10 page report written in Ms Word, due on Last week. Report should contain - introduction to the problem, methodology, results, conclusion.

  • Presentation: Each group will present their study at the end of the semester


10. Software: Regional Climate Models, Ms Excel

9. References:

  • No text book; Reading materials will be suggested in the class.

  Last updated on 16 October 2011 (c) Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology