TUTORING THE STUDENTS OF A MASTER IN CLIMATE SCIENCE TO UNDERSTAND CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROJECTIONS OF FUTURE CLIMATE

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air temperature and ocean, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level. Observations in all continents and in most oceans show that many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly by a temperature increase.
The Master in Climate Science of the University of Vigo focuses on scientific aspects of global climate, regional climates and climate change, together with the analysis of their impacts. Few research themes have an international consensus as high as that of climate and climate change. The overall objective of this Master is advanced training prior to initiating research activities in the field of the science of climate and climate change and their impacts. This training will be achieved through classroom courses with strong practical and researcher vocation. Within these courses is the subject “projection of climate change in various scenarios”. This subject aims to provide the student with various skills such as the acquisition of the concept climate change scenarios and different models, knowledge of different scales of projection of climate change, knowledge of reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a critical evaluation of projections of climate change. Thus, the course will seek to explore various contents as large-scale models: projections and scenarios of climate change, global change, projected changes on emissions, projections changes on polar ice and glaciers, projected rise sea in the XXI century, changes in the thermohaline circulation and regional projections.