Forests, Climate and Carbon

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Forests, Climate and Carbon

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Forestry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    Forests play an important role in the climate regulation systems of the earth. This module will explore, in a way that is understandable for students with and without a science background, the linkages between forests, climate (change) and carbon and other green house gases. The following topics will be covered in this module: Forest types, tree species; Environmental factors determining tree growth/health; impacts of forests on climate and ecosystems; Climate predictions, expected consequences and dendro-climatology; Mitigation: carbon sequestration, biomass, renewable energy, product lifecycle, conservation of existing forests and forest expansion, land-use change and context of forestry among other land-use types e.g. agricultural systems; Adaptation: forest management, forest conversion/transformation, species selection, silvicultural systems; Carbon trading: Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD); International cooperation (Kyoto, Copenhagen, Madrid, Cancun) and current position for Ireland.
    A compulsory one-day fieldtrip will be organised during the fieldwork/study period in weeks 8 and 9.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.