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Academic Year 2017/18
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Climate and Socio-Economic Change
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Environmental And Land Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
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Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Laio Francesco ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/02 40 20 0 20 3
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/02
ICAR/03
ICAR/12
3
1
2
D - A scelta dello studente
D - A scelta dello studente
D - A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The course aims to form the basis for the understanding of the global phenomena leading to the Earth system change, both in terms of climate change and of change in the socio-economic conditions. We will consider the determinants of change, the effects of climate and socio-economic change, and the possible adaptation and mitigation strategies. The course contents are accessible to students in Engineering and Architecture with a solid technical and scientific background.
Expected learning outcomes
Ability to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the dynamics of the Earth system
Ability to discern between random fluctuations and statistically significant changes of a dynamic system
Understanding of the main adaptation strategies and construction of the corresponding scenarios
Understanding of the main mitigation strategies and building of the scenarios corresponding
Contents
The first part of the course (4CFU) aims to form the basis for understanding the global phenomena of the Earth system change, both in terms of climate change and change in socio-economic conditions. We will consider in greater detail:

1. The determinants of change
- The dynamics of the atmospheric circulation and the effect of greenhouse gases on the rise of global temperature
- The demographic changes and global socio-economic dynamics (outline)

2. The effects of change
- Impact of global warming on the availability and distribution of resources (melting ice, rising seas, effects on water resources and the availability of arable land, etc.)
- Effects of climate change on the frequency and intensity of meteorological and hydrological extremes and catastrophic events, including desertification dynamics
- The combined impact of climate change and socio-economic changes on the macro-environment (e.g., land use change, loss of biodiversity, aquifers overexploitation)
- The combined impact of climate change and socio-economic mutations on human macro systems (e.g., Food security, migrations induced by environmental disasters)

3. Adaptation and mitigation
- Resistance and resilience of environmental and human systems
- An introduction to adaptation and mitigation

The second part of the course (2CFU) deepens specific applicative issues on topics connected to: urban energy planning aimed at the reduction of CO2 emissions, starting from the energy balances prepared by cities and the calculation of GHG emissions; methods for carbon sequestration; prevention and protection from extreme events; conversion of production processes toward a circular economy; globalization and sharing of resources. In this second part of the course, students will put to good use the knowledge imparted in lessons, developing autonomous activities divided into groups.
Delivery modes
The program includes both theoretical issues and practical applications developed within a team-project (max 3 students). Role play simulation activities are a part of the program, emulating international climate negotiations both at the international level (each group represents a nation) and at the local level (each group represents a city).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Handouts distributed by the professors via Portale della didattica.
Assessment and grading criteria
The final examination consists of a written test (2 hours) made of open (essay) questions and short exercises. The final mark is formed 75% according to the mark obtained in the written examination and 25% according to the mark obtained in the Team Project.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18
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