Forests and Climate Change Graduate Certificate
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Forests worldwide have begun to be impacted by global climate change, and over the coming century, they will be profoundly altered by it. The adaptation of managed forests to climate change may require both silvicultural and genetics-based options. Because forests have the capacity to both emit and sequester carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas contributing to climate change, there is tremendous interest in managing forests for the mitigation of climate change. These considerations suggest that a good understanding of the relationship between forests and climate change will be a critical requirement for the sustainable management of forest resources. The Forests and Climate Change (FCC) graduate certificate is designed to provide a thorough grounding in methods for assessing the impacts of climate change on forests, the evaluation of proposed adaptation strategies, and the development of management practices to enhance forest carbon sequestration for the mitigation of climate change.
The Forests and Climate Change graduate certificate is appropriate for many students, especially mid-career, company, industry or agency employees who want more training and experience in natural resources management and climate change.
Certificate Code: CG15
Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:
- Understand the basic concepts and relationships between forests, carbon and climate change.
- Analyze the mechanism of climate change impacts on forests, and gain familiarity with the most current climate change scenarios and their simulated impacts on forests.
- Understand how resource management policies and regulations influence management motivations and options for adapting to and mitigating climate change.
- Evaluate options for adaptation to climate change.
- Understand carbon measurement practices in forests and gain experience with GIS and modeling tools for quantifying carbon stocks and flux over large areas.
- Assess the use of market-based approaches to managing GHG emissions, focusing on carbon trading markets, carbon credits, and off-sets.
- Identify mitigation policies at international national and local levels.
|Required Core 1
|CASE STUDIES IN FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
|FES 500/MNR 500
|MARKET TOOLS FOR MANAGING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
|CARBON SEQUESTRATION IN FORESTS
|ADAPTING FORESTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
|CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON FOREST ECOSYSTEMS
|INDEPENDENT PROJECT IN NATURAL RESOURCE SUSTAINABILITY
|Select two courses from the following: 2
|GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: USING DATA TO INFORM DECISIONS
|FOREST CARBON ANALYSIS FOR ASSESSMENTS AND POLICY AGREEMENTS
|DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN NATURAL RESOURCE MGMT
|ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES
|GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Additional elective courses will be considered in consultation with the FCC Program Director
Certificate Code: CG15