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Climate Change and Water in Mountains

What is climate change ? How are mountain regions affected by the evolution of water resources and their uses ? What kind of risks need to be considered ? Mountains are recognized as particularly sensitive physical environments where intense and rapid changes have in the past, and may increasingly in the future, place pressure on their resource base. In this context, a team of roughly 100 experts worked from 2008 to 2013 for the European ACQWA project (www.acqwa.ch) which was coordinated by the University of Geneva. The primary objectives of the project were to assess the impacts of a changing climate on the quantity and quality of water originating in mountain regions, particularly where snow- and ice melt represent a large, sometimes the largest, streamflow component. A further objective of the project was to determine the potential disruptions to water-dependent economic activities related to the climate impacts on hydrological systems, and to propose a portfolio of possible adaptation strategies. This particular MOOC is inspired by the ACQWA Project and offers a better understanding of climate change, its impacts on the quality and quantity of water in mountain regions and the risks related to changing water resources. From an interdisciplinary perspective, the participation of twenty-five instructors from five different countries (Switzerland, England, South Korea, India and Nepal) and fourteen institutions (UNIGE, RTS, UNIFR, UZH, ETHZ, Meteodat GmbH, WGMS, Imperial College London, Agroscope, République et Canton de Genève, Yonsei University, IHCAP, ICIMOD, SDC, FOEN) highlights the diversity of both theoretical and practical viewpoints related to these issues. By the end of this course, you will be able : - to define the general concept of climate change in mountain regions - to understand the concepts associated with climate change such as adaptation and water governance strategies - to consider the impacts of climate change on water resources in mountain regions - to identify the impacts of climate change on hydropower, agriculture, aquatic ecosystems and health - to enumerate risks that can occur in mountain areas and lead to disruptions in water availability and use. Your acquired knowledge will be evaluated through multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each unit of the course. This MOOC on “Climate Change and Water in Mountain Regions : A Global Concern” was initiated and financed by the University of Geneva, through its Institute for Environmental Sciences. We look forward to you joining us !

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Rating 4.6 based on 39 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week
Starts Mar 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Geneva via Coursera
Instructors Martin Beniston, Markus Stoffel
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Engineering Science
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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This MOOC is a must to accomplish in order to better grasp the findings related to the climate change influence on the Earth system on a regional scale as acknowledged by the Swiss scientific community.

Yet another detailed element stemming from global climate change.

a must need for those who want our Earth or human life to be protected from Climate Change!

I hope acknowledgement helps to avoid or reduce negative effect of climate change.

Climate change is likely to increase this exposure, as extreme events such as storms, landslides, avalanches, and rockfalls are expected to become more common and more intense in mountain areas, threatening both livelihoods and infrastructure.

it was wonderful experience to learn about climate change ,also the various evidences and indicators,which helps us to make a action.

Climate change will likely modify seasonal and overall water availability and, as a result, there will be increased competition for water.

This course provides very good comprehensive knowledge of climate change risks in mountain.

Very helpfull in understanding the climate changes around us.

Very useful course to understand the climate change scenario on mountainous region.

the groundwater recharge process, hazards related to climate change, glaciology etc.

Knowledge of measures to reduce risks of climate change on these regions was also very interesting and well explained.

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difficult to understand

The teachers have accents that can be difficult to understand, and all the lessons from Dr Rohrer are pointless, as he doesn't explain anything.

The english of the presenters is often difficult to understand, and the subtitles are sometimes incorrect.

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water resources

Climate change in the mountain regions studied in this course are leading to modifications in quantity and timing of water resources that have potentially significant ramifications for water governance and management.

But the questions was tuff enough.Thank you :) I have been looking for a fresh start in the field of application of water resources and prevention from the disasters related to it.

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very interesting

I really think all of his courses should be done again, because as it is right now, it's quite useless and doesn't teach anything.I apologise for this harsh review, but I honestly think this should be said so changes can me made.Best regards good interesting course and very relevant A very interesting and topical course Overall interesting content.

It was very interesting.

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Rating 4.6 based on 39 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week
Starts Mar 29 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Geneva via Coursera
Instructors Martin Beniston, Markus Stoffel
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Engineering Science
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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