Climate Change: Impacts On Ecology DUMF5002

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The threat of climate change to ecological systems is clearly accepted, but impacts are in some cases only partially understood. Some mitigation measures may be possible; however, there is a need to explore options which would enable adaptation to change. This course looks at the some of the main impacts of climate change on ecological systems and examines in more detail those ecosystems which act as carbon sinks.


3 hours of contact per week

Requirements of Entry



Report (50%) - examples include a case study report on a species threatened by climate change, or a field report following collection of data.
Exam (50%) - 2 hour exam where students answer 2 out of 4 questions.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

4. To explore the threat of climate change on ecological systems.

5. To examine some of the proposed measures of ecological mitigation.

6. To investigate options which would enable ecological adaptation to climate change.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. explain the threat of climate change on ecological systems and outline the potential impacts on some key processes;

2. evaluate the effects of climate change on ecosystems which act as carbon sinks;

3. propose measures of mitigation, or options for adaptation for ecological systems.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits