MJ3381 Integrated Assessment of Climate, Land- Use, Energy and Water Systems 6.0 credits

Integrerad Analys av klimat-, markanvändnings-, energi- och vattensystem

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion, of the course, students will be able to:

1. Learn the methodological base of key water-energy and land-use assessment tools, and strategies to create an integrated framework for these tools where strategies with and without climate change projections can be analyzed.

2. Perform short resource analysis exercises in independent computer labs on each of the land-use, energy and water assessment tools as well as simplified integrated analysis based on the CLEWS assessment framework.

3. Apply the CLEWS assessment methodology on a chosen case study area, subject to an oral methodology presentation and a written final paper.

Course main content

The analysis of individual CLEW components (and their related services) is routinely undertaken using modelling tools. However, these models often lack the functionality required to conduct the integrated analysis required in developing climate-impact, land, energy, and water-use related policies. The development of an integrated tool linking the above components can enhance the knowledge about these systems and help policymakers assess different development strategies. During literature review and hands on learning of the methodology behind each individual resource assessment tool will give the students a broad knowledge base in resource assessment models. The tools included in the CLEWS framework are: General Circulation Models (GCM) to estimate weather changes, the Long Range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) model, the Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP), and the Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZ) land production planning model.

During the course, students will work on individual assignments to learn the methodology and application of tools related to the course. The main focus will be given to knowledge sharing and in-depth hands-on training on the tools. After successful completion of the assignments, students will be involved in a challenging individual project on the national or regional level, where students will apply the CLEWS framework on real case studies.

Eligibility

The KTH general eligibility requirements for admission to PhD level studies apply. The students having relevant engineering background are welcome to the course. 

Literature

This is a hands-on learning type PhD level course. Previously published articles, user manuals of related tools, and national or regional level reports will be used as literature.

Examination

  • INL1 - Hand in assignments, 6.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

The student will have to do the following activities – in agreement and under the supervision of the course examiner and coordinator:

1. Detailed literature review and creation of a national or regional CLEWs model for National-level planning.

2. Prepare material, teach, and give feedback for 2 computer labs (2 * 2 hours) on the basis of related tools for the MSc courses offered by the division at KTH or abroad for international capacity building.

3. Prepare and deliver 3 lectures in MSc level courses (3 * 2 hours).

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology

Examiner

Mark Howells <mark.howells@energy.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.