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Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis

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Duration

10 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Language

English

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English

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Level

Beginner

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

Learn more about the fascinating polar regions, and how they impact climate change.

This course is designed for scientists who are curious about climate change. The course will examine the evidence and reveal the facts. To understand the current and future climate changes, you will need to be able to interpret and experiment with rich data from the poles. You will be able to make informed decisions on how you and your peers can address the climate crisis.

These regions are alive with people, including those in the Arctic. The impact of humans on the poles is evident from thousands of years ago to today.

This is a rare opportunity to make use of the most recent computer models and live satellite imagery to learn more about the planet and to generate evidence that will help you understand the climate crisis.

This 10-week course will teach you about the complex balance of the polar environment, and the amazing ways it connects us. This course will allow you to observe the effects of global warming on oceans, ice atmosphere, and oceans. You can also use climate modeling skills to create your own projections about the pace of change in the Polar regions.

You'll be able:

Professor Mark Brandon MBE, who has led Polar Research at The Open University over 20 years, and was responsible for the OU's contributions to iconic BBC series like Frozen Planet 2 and Blue Planet 2. This microcredential was created by him. He is joined by Dr Ella Gilbert, who has done remote Antarctic fieldwork. She is passionate about communicating science in an accessible manner to engage broad and diverse audiences.

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Prerequisites/Requirements

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This is an introductory course and no previous skills or experience are required for this microcredential other than a willingness to engage in real-world climate change issues

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This course would suit those with a scientifically curious mind

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those who are comfortable with a cross-disciplinary approach. For example basic maths (subtraction, addition and multiplication) and basic graph reading skills are needed to support conclusions, and geopolitics are discussed in the context of the sustaina

What You Will Learn

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Understand the fundamentals of climate science and the evidence for climate change

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Know how to place value on environmentally sensitive locations of our planet

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Describe key processes and interactions (physical, biological, chemical and geological) which shape the polar environment at different temporal and spatial scales

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Debate the value of environmentally sensitive locations of our planet

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Consider and evaluate localised sustainable resource management

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Respond to and interpret a variety of information sources, including text, numerical, graphical and audio-visual material

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Solve numerical problems to extract meaningful environmental information

Target Students

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This course is aimed at anyone with a passion for science, nature or the environment who is excited to learn about the remote regions of our planet

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Its for those concerned about the impact of humans and wants to understand how to moderate that impact and make informed choices in the future

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It would be the ideal prima for pre-university students wanting to extend their subject knowledge

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Recent graduates wanting to develop their scientific knowledge

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Professionals or any engaged individuals who are looking for a new approach to sustainability learning

Course Instructors

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Mark Brandon

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I am a polar oceanographer working at The Open University.
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Ella Gillbert

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Ella is a polar climate scientist and communicator.
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