Z0151 Climate variability and climate change

Faculty of Science
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Řehoř (seminar tutor)
Petra Hašková, DiS. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc.
Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc.
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Wed 15:00–16:50 Z2,01032
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
Z0151/01: Wed 17:00–17:50 Z2,01032, J. Řehoř
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 11/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is a comprehensive presentation of climate change and climate variability and their consequences for the next development of the Earth landscape with a particular attention to homogenisation and statistical analysis of climatological series, the study of spatiotemporal variability of the climate based on instrumental records, documentary sources and proxy data, effects of climate-forming factors, developing of climate scenarios, climate projections and climate impacts.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able: to explain climate variability and climate change including their consequences for further development of the Earth landscape in the context of the published IPCC documents; apply obtained theoretical knowledge for solution of practical projects on the field of climate variability and change; evaluate methodology of construction of climate scenarios; apply scenarios for the study of climate impacts on the nature, man and human society; apply software AnClim for homogenisation of long-term climatological time series; analyse statistical structure of these series; synthesize knowledge about climate variability and change.
  • Lectures: 1. Climate variability and change 2. Quality of climatological data 3. Homogenisation of climatological series 4. Statistical analysis of climatological series I 5. Statistical analysis of climatological series II 6. Climate fluctuations in the instrumental period 7. Climate fluctuations in the historical period 8. Palaeoclimatology 9. Climatic extremes and their impacts 10. Climate-forcing factors I 11. Climate-forcing factors II 12. Climatic scenarios and their creation I 13. Climatic scenarios and their creation II 14. Impacts of climate change Seminars: 1. Software AnClim for analysis of time series 2.-4. Testing of relative homogeneity and adjusting of climatological series 5.-7. Statistical analysis of climatological series 8.-10. IPCC 2007 - physical basis 11.-12. IPCC - impacts of climate change 13. New trends in the study of climate variability and change
    recommended literature
  • Stocker, T. et al., eds. (2014): Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1535 s.
  • Field, C. B. et al., eds. (2014): Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, USA, 1152 s.
  • Trnka, M. a kol. (2015): Změna klimatu. Mendelova univerzita v Brně, Centrum výzkumu globální změny AV ČR, v.v.i., Brno, 184 s.
Teaching methods
theoretical preparation (lectures), independet presentation of IPCC conclusions, homogenisation of selected climatological series and its basic statistical analysis, study of recommended journal articles, panel discussion
Assessment methods
credit - elaboration of class excercises, oral presentations; oral or written exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2021.
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