SLM-51306 Adaptation to Climate Change


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work15
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. L Fleskens
Lecturer(s)dr. F Ludwig
dr. ir. L Fleskens
Examiner(s)dr. F Ludwig
dr. ir. L Fleskens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

WSG-51306 Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Society. 



Although the 2015 Paris Agreement for the first time united all nations in taking action to mitigate climate change, the world is already committed to increased global warming. In order to cope with the impacts of climate change, adaptation will be required. Whereas climate change mitigation has a global focus, climate change adaptation needs careful tailored local planning. Adaptation will be required to climate trends and extremes, such as increased temperatures, more erratic rainfall leading to floods and droughts, and sea level rise. Anticipated impacts from such trends and events will differ in terms of magnitude and due to differences in vulnerability and adaptive capacity of societies. Countries in the global south are more vulnerable to climate change as they face resource constraints and because livelihoods are to a large extent dependent on agricultural production which is sensitive to climate change. Working on different case studies, in this course students will work on adaptation strategies for land and water management based on climate change projections. By means of guidance provided in the form of tutorials linked to different steps in adaptation planning, students will develop an adaptation plan for their case study. The course also trains students to prepare good quality statements and explore pro and con arguments in interactive discussion sessions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- use various methodological approaches to study climate-related physical, socio-political and economic issues involved in climate change adaptation planning;

- contribute to the design and development of measures to adapt to climate change;

- formulate and defend statements.


- lectures;
- literature study;
- a group assignment to develop an adaptation plan for a case study area;
- presenting the results as a group;
- preparing statements and participating in discussions about issues in climate change adaptation.


- written examination (40%, but >5.5);
- group presentation (40%, but >5.5);
- attendance and input to the discussions (20%).


Articles and case study guidelines.

Compulsory for: WUCLCBSc Minor Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation3WD
Restricted Optional for: WUILWBSc Minor International Land and Water Management3WD