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Climate Change – Effects on the Landscape and Potential Solutions

In this course for upper-level undergraduate students, you will learn about climate change effects and practical solutions for local climate change adaptation. You will also learn about the science behind climate change, and work in groups to contribute and communicate creative potential solutions.

Climate change is a global problem but the associated challenges are often felt and addressed locally. This course will give you the theoretical background and practical tools to help communities tackle challenges related to planning and managing their landscapes in the face of climate change. You will learn about options for planning and design of the physical landscape, for example through blue-green infrastructure like green roofs, rain gardens, and street trees to reduce the impacts of flooding, urban heat island effect, and other threats amplified by climate change.

After an introduction to climatology and climate science through reading, lectures and group discussion, you will learn from experts on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The course culminates in a problem-based project, where you will work with students from different disciplines to identify a local climate-change related challenge and present a strategy to address the challenge. The course is suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including spatial planning, landscape architecture, landscape engineering, geography, ecology, and environmental science.

Additional course evaluations for LK0401

LK0401 Climate Change – Effects on the Landscape and Potential Solutions, 15.0 Credits

Klimatförändringar - effekter på landskapet och möjliga lösningar

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture Horticultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 60 credits in some combination of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science
• ecology
• biology
• forest science
• horticulture
• agricultural science

and English B or equivalent.


After the course the student should be able to:
• explain and demonstrate the main mechanisms underpinning global climate patterns and climate change
• explain potential direct and indirect effects of climate changes for local landscapes
• generate and explain defensible strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation for neighbourhoods, cities and landscapes
• provide support for adequate communications on mitigation and adaptation to climate changes


This course offers a broad introduction to climate change effects and potential solutions at spatial scales ranging from global to local, with a focus primarily on the neighbourhood, city and landscape scales at which many planning and management decisions are made and carried out. Topics addressed during the course include Introduction to Climatology and Climate Change Science; Speed of human caused climate changes; Direct and indirect effects; How can we mitigate climate changes? How can we adapt society to changes? Local strategies for mitigation and adaptation; How can climate change strategies support Sustainable Development? How can nature-based solutions (green roofs, rain gardens, street trees etc.) help with urban adaptation? What is required for communication on mitigation and adaptation to climate changes to be effective?

The course comprises lectures, exercises (compulsory), project work: planning and presentation (compulsory), group assignments and literature studies.

Formats and requirements for examination

Assessment is based on performance in written examination, seminars, exercises and project work.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Engineer Programme - Alnarp Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor´s Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Garden Design (BSc) Landscape Engineer Programme - Uppsala Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Horticultural science
Course code: LK0401 Application code: SLU-30003 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%