Engineering in a Changing Climate – A Transdisciplinary Workshop Series for Engineering and Climate Science Students
Climate change poses an imminent threat to humanity through its increased stress on infrastructure (among other stresses), leading to increasingly deadly natural disasters, food shortages, and the failure of our built environment. Despite the clear need for collaboration between climate scientists and civil engineers to address and adapt to this threat, there are limited post-secondary educational and training resources available to students at the climate science-engineering interface. To address this gap, the University of Toronto Centre for Climate Science and Engineering in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario has developed a short-duration learning opportunity targeted at senior undergraduate and graduate engineering and climate science students at this educational interface.
Learner-centred design principles are applied to eight scaffolded modules that can be used in sequence or stand-alone:
- Introduction to Climate Science and Modelling | Prof. Paul Kushner
- Regional Downscaling | Prof. Karen Smith
- Flood Risk | Prof. Reza Najafi
- Climate Change and Wind Loading | Prof. Oya Mercan
- Impact of a Changing Climate of Building Performance | Prof. Marianne Touchie
- Energy Systems | Prof. Graeme Norval
- Traffic-related Air Pollutants | Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou
- Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) | Prof. Daniel Posen
The audience for these modules is senior undergraduate and graduate engineering and climate science university students.
How to use these modules in your course
This project page connects instructors to elearning modules, available for use in Ontario higher education environments. While you can preview the modules through this website, it does not offer a formal learning experience (nor certification).
- Visit the individual module page
- Download the SCORM package for the module
- Upload the SCORM package into your institutional learning management system
Note: Please do not share the "Preview Module" link in your course; this content is hosted via an external third party tool and should not be considered reliable for educational use.