Global Change and the Developing World: Ecosystem and Societal Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation

Julia Klein, Niall Hanan


This course will investigate the potential impacts of global change on climate, ecosystems and societies in the developing world where limited access to technological and financial solutions may reduce opportunities for mitigation and adaptation, and thus increase vulnerability. We will focus on how changes in rainfall, temperature and other climatic variables in Africa, Asia and South America will impact natural, pastoral and agricultural communities and landscapes, and lead to changes in productivity, cropping patterns, food security and economics. Students will analyze how climatic and anthropogenic change will likely influence land use, water resources, human health and equitability. The class will seek to develop an in-depth understanding of likely trends in ecological and social wellbeing in less developed countries, and contrast these to likely trends in more affluent regions of the world where resources are likely to be available to mitigate and adapt to changing conditions.

Section: 5
Credits: 2
Restrictions: none
First Meeting: 1/21/2009
Meeting Times: TBD at first meeting
Classroom: Natural Resources 201
CRN: 10366
Cross Listed: NR 592 - CRN 13144
Enrollment Limit: 20
Background: none
Course Text: none
Instructor Contact Info:
      Julia Klein 491-0874
      Niall Hanan 491-0240