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1
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Unit 0: Welcome Unit

View an introductory video on the ACQWA Project, read key introductory documents, say hello to your fellow classmates and express your interest in the topic.

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1 Video (Gesamt 9 min), 6 Lektüren
6 Lektüren
Key reference 1 to ACQWA Project10m
Key reference 2 to ACQWA Project10m
General Course Description10m
Syllabus10m
Detailed structure of the course10m
Glossary10m
Woche
2
2 Stunden zum Abschließen

Unit 1: Introduction to climate change

In this module, you will learn about the functioning of the climate system, in particular the numerous interacting components such as the atmosphere, the oceans, the cryosphere and the biosphere. Physical mechanisms that can disrupt climate on different time and space scales will be outlined, and the concepts underlying anthropogenic climate change will be introduced. Following a brief overview of how climate simulation models function, you will be able to see what may be the evolution of climate over coming decades in response to increases in greenhouse-gases in the atmosphere, and what are the limits and uncertainties to these model projections.

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15 Videos (Gesamt 66 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
15 Videos
1.2: Climate System II - Atmospheric circulations (Prof. M. Beniston - UNIGE)2m
1.3: Climate System III - Influence of snow and ice on the climate system (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)3m
1.4: Climate System IV - The role of the oceans (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)3m
1.5: Climate System V - Importance of the water cycle in the evolution of the climate system (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)2m
1.6: Climate System VI - The role of clouds (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)3m
1.7 : Causes of Climate Change I - Natural factors : volcanos (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)3m
1.8: Causes of Climate Change II - Case of El-Niño Southern Oscillation as natural forcing factor (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)4m
1.9: Causes of Climate Change III - Human forcing factors on the climate system (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)3m
1.10: Causes of Climate Change IV – Explanatory factors for increases of carbon in the planetary system (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)4m
1.11: Causes of Climate Change V : The link between atmospheric gases and climate (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)4m
1.12: Past, Present and Future Climates I – 20th-century observed change (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)4m
1.13: Past, Present and Future Climates II – 21st-century climate futures (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)6m
1.14: Past, Present and Future Climates III – Extreme climate events (Prof. M. Beniston – UNIGE)11m
1.15: Forecast in Switzerland in 50 years – In summer (Mr. P. Jeanneret – RTS)3m
2 Lektüren
1.0: Introduction to Unit 110m
Conclusion to Unit 110m
1 praktische Übung
Take the quiz of Unit 1 !24m
Woche
3
3 Stunden zum Abschließen

Unit 2: Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources

In this unit, you will learn about observed trends in glacier retreat and changes in mass balance. Different methods of mass balance measurements are presented. Ongoing and projected climate change by the end of the century will have fundamental consequences on the cryosphere. In this module, you will realize what the consequences of glacier retreat are on glacial runoff regimes and on global scale runoff. You will become familiar with changes in snow cover in different mountain regions of the World. Further, the basic mechanics of glacier flow and an overview of processes leading to glacier instability will allow you to understand how climate variables, among other factors, may potentially modify the frequency of glacial lake drainage, glacier surge and the break-off of glaciers. Finally, this module discusses how the calving of ice sheets will impact sea level rise and where uncertainties persist in the projection of these changes.

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16 Videos (Gesamt 124 min), 2 Lektüren, 1 Quiz
16 Videos
2.2: Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Cycle II – Monitoring the Impact of Climate Change on Glaciers (Dr M. Huss – UNIFR / ETHZ)8m
2.3: Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Cycle III – Modelling Runoff Changes from Glaciers (Dr M. Huss – UNIFR / ETHZ)8m
2.4: Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Cycle IV – Contribution of Glaciers to Runoff at the Continental to Global Scale (Dr M. Huss – UNIFR / ETHZ)8m
2.5: Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Cycle V – Managing Mountain Water Resources during Glacier Retreat (Dr M. Huss – UNIFR / ETHZ)6m
2.6: Impacts of Climate Change on Snow Cover I (Dr M.Rohrer – Meteodat GmbH / UNIGE)8m
2.7: Impacts of Climate Change on Snow Cover II – Link between Snow Cover and Climate (Dr M. Rohrer – Meteodat GmbH / UNIGE)5m
2.8: Impacts of Climate Change on Snow Cover III – Consequences of Snow Cover in many Regions of the World (Dr M. Rohrer – Meteodat GmbH / UNIGE)7m
2.9: Impacts of Climate Change on Snow Cover IV – Consequences of Climate Change for Glaciers and Snowmelt (Dr M. Rohrer – Meteodat GmbH / UNIGE)7m
2.10: Impacts of Climate Change on Snow Cover V – Degree Day Factor for Snow- and Ice Melt not constant in the future (Dr M. Rohrer – Meteodat GmbH / UNIGE)13m
2.11: Impacts of Climate Change on Glacier Retreat I – Response Time of Glaciers to a Changing Climate – The example of Mont-Miné and Ferpècle Glaciers, Switzerland (Dr M. Perroud – UNIGE)4m
2.12: Impacts of Climate Change on Glacier Retreat II – World Glacier Monitoring Service – Achievements and Future Challenges (Dr M. Zemp – UZH/WGMS)6m
2.13: Impacts of Climate Change on Mechanics and Stability of Glaciers I – Mechanics of Glacier Flow (Prof. M. Funk – ETHZ)10m
2.14: Impacts of Climate Change on Mechanics and Stability of Glaciers II –Glaciers and Water (Prof. M. Funk – ETHZ)8m
2.15: Impacts of Climate Change on Mechanics and Stability of Glaciers III – Glacier instabilities (Prof. M. Funk – ETHZ)5m
2.16: Impacts of Climate Change on Mechanics and Stability of Glaciers IV – Iceberg Calving (frontal ablation) (Prof. M. Funk – ETHZ)6m
2 Lektüren
2.0: Introduction to Unit 210m
Conclusion of Unit 210m
1 praktische Übung
Take the quiz of Unit 2 !26m
Woche
4
3 Stunden zum Abschließen

UNIT 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Water Uses

In this module, you will learn about the impacts of climate change on different sectors, such as the economy, the environment or the health. In mountain regions, glacier retreat, warmer waters or modified runoffs will for instance impact hydroelectric installations production, biodiversity and all kind of living organisms. In the lowlands, the agricultural sector will also have to deal with water scarcity to reduce yield vulnerability. You will also see that warmer temperatures can be beneficial to certain plants like grapevine but that it can also enhance the development of insect pest generating damages or favour disease transmissions to human being.

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16 Videos (Gesamt 114 min), 2 Lektüren, 4 Quiz
16 Videos
3.2: Impacts of Climate Change on Hydropower II - Hydropower: Policy and market challenges (Dr F. Romerio – UNIGE)7m
3.3: Impacts of Climate Change on Hydropower III - The natural sciences perspective (Dr L. Gaudard – UNIGE / Imperial College London)7m
3.4: Impacts of Climate Change on Hydropower IV - The economic perspective (Dr L. Gaudard – UNIGE / Imperial College London)6m
3.5: Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture I - Water use in crop production : Demand and productivity (Dr P.-L. Calanca – Agroscope)6m
3.6: Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture II - Water use in crop production : Facing Climate Change (Dr P.-L. Calanca – Agroscope)5m
3.7: Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture III - Problem of water distribution and intensity on crops (Dr D. Fleury – Canton of Geneva)10m
3.8: Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture IV - Link between warming climate and pesticides use (Dr D. Fleury – Canton of Geneva)7m
3.9: Impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems I - A field introduction (Dr E. Castella – UNIGE)13m
3.10: Impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems II - The physical drivers on biodiversity (Dr E. Castella – UNIGE)9m
3.11: Impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems III - The seasonal dimension (Dr E. Castella – UNIGE)6m
3.12: Impacts of Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems IV - Anticipating changes (Dr E. Castella – UNIGE)8m
3.13: Impacts of Climate Change on Health I - Introduction to Vector-Borne Diseases (Prof. A. Flahault - UNIGE)5m
3.14: Impacts of Climate Change on Health II - Introduction to diarrhea and influenza (Prof. A. Flahault - UNIGE)4m
3.15: Impacts of Climate Change on Health III - Climate change and its impacts on health (Prof. A. Flahault - UNIGE)5m
3.16: Impacts of Climate Change on Health IV - What is good for health is good for the climate (Prof. A. Flahault - UNIGE)4m
2 Lektüren
3.0: Introduction to Unit 310m
Conclusion of Unit 310m
4 praktische Übungen
Practice Quiz on the Impacts of Climate Change in Hydropower6m
Practice Quiz on the Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture8m
Practice Quiz on the Impacts of Climate Change on Health8m
Take the quiz of Unit 3!22m
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von PJOct 14th 2018

This is really interesting topic as this increased my knowledge about the glaciers and how they are changing over a course of time.

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