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Online course about Climate Change and Water in Mountain Regions

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? A new online course on “Climate Change and Water in Mountain Regions: A Global Concern”, initiated by the University of Geneva, will provide answers on this topic.

Online Course “Climate Change and Water in Mountain Regions: A Global Concern”

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.

This particular MOOC 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 and fourteen institutions 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.

This class is addressed to professionals and students who wish to go beyond basic notions of climate change and water management. Anyone who seeks to reinforce his or her knowledge in associated areas of climate change in mountain regions, such as adapation and risk management.