Course overview

This module will provide participants with a detailed assessment of the current state of knowledge on climate change – the science, its impacts, adaptation and mitigation, and crucially how it is perceived by the public. After introducing the science and the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it will assess how the climate has changed historically, and look at the most recent predictions for future change both globally and for the UK. As climate change will impact upon UK food security both directly and indirectly (through effects elsewhere in the world) a global perspective on potential impacts will be taken. How agriculture can adapt to the consequences of, and mitigate its effect on, climate change will be discussed.

The module will provide practical examples of how farming systems can adapt to, and also mitigate, climate change, using wherever possible case studies based on the research experience of the module lecturers.  It will not have in-depth coverage of climate models.

This course is a core module in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment, and an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production and the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. 

It is delivered by Bangor University entirely online through distance learning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Outline major patterns of global and regional climate change at a range of temporal scales and the different environmental proxies that can be used to reconstruct past climate.
  • Describe the major regional and global trends in predicted future climate.
  • Present an evidenced argument in relation to a key topic associated with climate change.
  • Outline the physical and human (social and political) impacts of predicted climate change and the proposed approaches for adapting to it.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Introduction to climate change
  • Historical and predicted future changes
  • Impacts of food systems on climate change
  • Assessing the impacts of climate change on agriculture and land use
  • Adaptation of global food systems to climate change
  • Evaluating measures to reduce greenhouse emissions from agricultural production
  • Evaluating opportunities for carbon sequestration in agricultural systems
  • Climate change in public perception
  • Current and future drivers of climate change mitigation in agriculture

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    12 weeks
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
    CQFW Level
    Course Provider
    Bangor University
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    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Bangor University, Online
    AFTP Cohort
    Course Logistics
    Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our participants work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 hours per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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