April 2004

last years version for your information !

Introduction to Global Change Science
research, institutions and policy for global change.

This introductory COGCI-course will take place in the autumn semester 2004, blok 2 (Nev-Dec-Jan).
The course consists of two independent parts, the Policy module and the Writing module.

The work load in the course has been reconsidered and a PhD student is credited 2 ECTS points for the Policy module and 3 ECTS for the scientific writing module.

Policy module:
The Policy module consists of a series of 5 combined lecture and discussion sessions by COGCI staff members and/or invited speakers about Global Change research and organisation.
The series of Lectures: NA
Time: NA
Place : Rockefeller Institute, Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Ø

MEETING POINT: Reception, ground floor at the Rockefeller Institute, Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Ø

A. Introduction to Global change science, Legal framework, International conventions
General information on organisation and funding of GC research in Denmark
Lecturer: Sten Struwe

B The Danish research system The Danish Research Arena, institutions and actors
Fundamental research, program research, priority areas, the political proces
Perception of Global change research in Denmark
Lecturer: open

C The International global change research programs, Organisation and tasks:
ESSP Earth system science partnership consists of 4 major research programs:
IGBP, The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, is an international global environmental change program also with ICSU as the sponsor. It is closely related to WCRP and incorporates geological and biological aspect. The other two programmes) and DIVERSITAS (the biodiversity science). IGBP covers a broad spectrum of global environmental issues. The entire family of Core projects will be introduced briefly.
Lecturer: John Porter or Sten Struwe

Second Lecture:

WCRP, World Climate research Programme, is the basic research component of the international ICSU/WMO sponsored World Climate programme which began more than 20 years ago. WCRP activities address outstanding issues of scientific uncertainty in the Earth's climate system including transport and storage of heat by the ocean, the global energy and hydrological cycle, the formation of clouds and their effects on radiative transfer, and the role of the cryosphere in climate. WCRP projects mainly focus on the physical and chemical properties of atmosphere and ocean. In WCRP models of the climate are extensively used and are the link to IGBP core projects and to IPCC activities.
Lecturer: Aksel Walløe Hansen

IPCC was established in 1988 as a co-operation between WMO and UNEP. Its major activity is to publish regularly assessments of the climate and climate research.

HDP (Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change) is dealing with human and social questions in relation to global change and has so far been weakly represented in Denmark but seems to gain a more visible position in future projects within the ESSP organisation.

The DIVERSITAS programme is organizing research in biodiversity which up to now was a major component of the closing IGBP core project GCTE. Biodiversity issues have been given high political priority and are supported by international conventions which are important for the view of biodiversity research.
The European biodiversity efforts

3rd lecture:
Denmarks Third National Communication on Climate Change

The book with the above title will be used for a discussion of climate change, production and emission of greenhouse gases, mitigation strategies and policies etc. It is intended that the participants each will present a chapter of the book for discussion in the group.

The book may be obtained free from Miljøbutikken/Frontlinien in Miljøministeriet or downloaded from the home-page of the ministry.
Lecturer: Sten Struwe

4th lecture:
The discussion from course-day 3 will continue.

5th lecture:

- Concluding session, to be decided.

The Scientific Writing Module:

Dates: NA
Time: NA
Place: Geological Institute, Øster Voldgade 10

This module is an intensive training module directed towards one of the essential requirements of a PhD study: the writing of scientific papers and reports. The students should allocate app. 1-2 weeks full time in week 45 to 49. First the students are asked to write a 'paper' on their project fulfilling normal requirements. The course is highly interactive between teacher and student. The details of the course will be explained during the introductionary lecture on Nov. 5. A fifth day is needed to finish the course. Participants and teacher will find an appropiate date during the course.

Teacher: Professor Finn Surlyk, Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen

If you intend to join the course - one or both parts - please send a message Sten Struwe

or call on 35 32 20 44

Contact person:
Sten Struwe or Aksel Walløe Hansen