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Title: Dalhousie University International Summer Institute on the Science and Economics of Climate Change

Dalhousie UniversityInternationalSummer
Institute on theScience and Economics of
Climate Change
July 25 August 19, 2011
Dalhousie University
  • Founded in 1818
  • One of Canadas G13 Universities
  • Full range of programs at graduate and
    undergraduate level
  • Inspiring students in a research intensive
  • Times of London HES 2010
  • In the Top 200 universities in the world

  • There have been 86 Rhodes scholars from
    Dalhousie. Only Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Toronto
    and McGill have had more.
  • Dalhousie provides the opportunity to excel.

  • Halifax is a safe city with a population of
  • Located a short flight away from Toronto,
    Montreal, New York and Boston.
  • Students at Dalhousie enjoy developing all sides
    of their personalities.

  • Dalhousie has over 16,000 students
  • Including 3,500 Graduate Students
  • 1400 international students (from over 110
  • Student to faculty ratio of 15 is the lowest in
  • Annual research funding exceeds 130 million

The Program
  • The Science and Economics of Climate ChangeJuly
    25 August 19, 2011

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The Science and Economics of Climate Change
  • This course examines how climate change will
    impact the environment and human activities and
    how to formulate and implement economically
    realistic solutions, to deal with these impacts.
    It integrates science and economics to analyze
    the issues and possible response options as
    countries attempt to move towards a
    carbon-neutral society.

  • Prof. Glen Lesins
  • Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
  • Dalhousie University
  • Prof. Ruth Forsdyke
  • Department of Economics
  • Dalhousie University

Course Credit
  • The course is a full credit offering equivalent
    to two one-semester courses.
  • Including field trips, it will involve
    approximately 110 contact hours over a four-week
  • Students may register for the course as Economics
    2850.06 or Physics 2850.06
  • Students who have taken ECON 2216 or PHYC 2800
    may not register for the course.

Science Component
  • Introduction of the workings of the atmosphere
  • Emphasis on the greenhouse effect and carbon

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Alps.  (situation in 1979, 1991 and 2002).
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  • Different types of climate change Natural and
    human forces
  • Global climate models and predictions for the
    next century
  • Impact of global warming on both human activities
    and ecosystems
  • Societal response strategies

Economics Component
  • Why study the economics of greenhouse-gas-induced
    climate change?
  • What criteria do/should economists use to
    evaluate climate change decisions?
  • Investigation of policy approaches
  • Policy approaches and comparisons
  • (e.g. cap and trade, carbon taxes)
  • Need for global coordination of policy
  • Macroeconomics of climate change
  • Are developing countries a special case?

Course Structure
  • 20 class days weekend field trips
  • Both a Science and an Economics lecture daily
  • cross-referenced with each other
  • BLS (Blackboard Learning System) for online work

Field Trips
  • Several field trips will be organized as an
    integral part of the learning experience, both
    within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
    and elsewhere in Nova Scotia.

Integrated Group Project
  • A special integrated project designed to relate
    the science, prediction models, economic analysis
    and policy decision(s) for a given scenario will
    be undertaken by teams of students in the course.
  • Each project group will present their results to
    the class.

Course Evaluation
  • Homework assignments 25
  • Midterm exam 20
  • Group Project 20
  • Final exam 35

Prerequisite Background
  • No formal background in either science or
    economics is required.
  • Calculus is not required, but a knowledge of
    simple algebra and use of graphical analysis is

Textbooks and Readings
  • Global Warming The Complete Briefing, 4th ed.,
    John Houghton, Cambridge University Press.
  • IPCC Fourth Assessment Report
  • Development and Climate Change
  • World Development Report 2010 (World Bank)
  • The Economics of Climate Change The Stern Review

Program Activities
  • Included in Course Fee
  • Course lectures and related activities
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Weekend field trips
  • Bus Tour of Halifax
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Airport Drop-off
  • Barbecue night
  • Lobster Boil Party
  • Optional (may include additional cost)
  • Tour of Halifax Citadel
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Movies at local cinema
  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Excursion to
  • Peggys Cove
  • Harbourfront Walk
  • Halifax Public Gardens

  • Students from outside Halifax are expected to be
    housed in university residence accommodation.
    This accommodation includes a meal plan. Both the
    accommodation and meal plan are included in the
    price of the course.
  • Students from Halifax who do not require
    accommodation to be provided will have the price
    adjusted accordingly.
  • If university residence housing proves not to be
    available, alternative housing will be provided.
    The total course price will not increase in this
    event, but it may decrease.

  • Tuition Fees Accommodation Meals
  • 4750 CAN

  • For Further information or to learn how to apply,
    write to
  • Shannon Peng
  • Administrative Coordinator, DISSECC
  • Department of Economics
  • Dalhousie University Halifax , Nova Scotia
  • B3H 3J5 Canada
  • E-mail shannon.peng_at_dal.ca
  • Telephone 1-902-494-6989
  • Fax 1-902-494-6917
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