Course Code (cross-listed)
  • GEMCC 620
  • GEOG 674
Course Title Climate Data and Analytics
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

This course examines the scientific and practical challenges of finding and utilizing climate data to derive useful information in order to inform research and decision making processes. Through lectures, readings, videos and assignments, this course will introduce different types of climate data (historical, contemporary measurements and modelled) and discuss how they can be realistically analyzed to derive useful information (both within a research and policy context). From a general discussion on what climate data is and its value, this course will then focus on finding/collected climate data and critically evaluating how it can and should be used. Further, this course will introduce students to the development of data management plans, climate data curation, and effective ways of visualizing and contextualizing climate data to a variety of target audiences. Building upon this foundational knowledge, strategies and methodologies for analyzing climate data to derive useful information related climate risk in a variety of sectors with be explored. This includes areas such as community planning, human health, engineering/infrastructure among others. Students must have access to spreadsheet software for assignments. *eligible for MES.

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Fall 2020 course outline (note 2)
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
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