Susanne Hanger-Kopp: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2023

Name Dr. Susanne Hanger-Kopp
Professur Klimaschutz & -anpassung
ETH Zürich, CHN J 74.1
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0660-00LPractical Course in Human Environment Systems Restricted registration - show details 7 credits14PJ. W. McCaughey, D. N. Bresch, S. Hanger-Kopp, C. M. Kropf
AbstractThe students develop research projects on climate change adaptation in which they combine and apply quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis. The students identify political, economically and socially acceptable adaptation measures and thus also evaluate the social and ethical dimensions of climate risk analysis and adaptation.
ObjectiveStudents are able to apply a qualitative and quantitative set of methods to answer an interdisciplinary research question at the intersection of human and environment systems.
ContentAt the core of the Human-Environment Systems Practicum is the question of the technical, economic and social feasibility of measures to adapt to climate change. Strengthening weather and climate resilience in particular is already of eminent importance today - and will continue to increase in the coming decades. The climate of the past is no longer a solid basis for future-oriented decisions due to many changes. Never before have societies had such a broad knowledge of the processes that shape their future and such extensive data - including climate projections. However, we are still at the beginning when it comes to the extensive use of this information in planning and decision-making processes. Central questions for decision-makers and society are therefore: 1) What is the possible influence of weather and climate today and in the coming decades? 2) How can we deal with these opportunities / risks with foresight, and what measures are available? 3) What investments are necessary - do the benefits outweigh the costs? 4) Do the risks fall disproportionately on certain groups, especially those who may already be disadvantaged, and do the adaptation measures reduce this inequality? For an interdisciplinary understanding of these questions, relevant qualitative and quantitative methods, their connection and critical discussion are learned in the internship. These methods include the Economics of Climade Adaptation (ECA, a probabilistic risk model with open source code (CLIMADA, .html), Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA), and qualitative and quantitative methods to identify socially vulnerable groups. The students choose and combine qualitative and quantitative methods in such a way that they are best suited to their research questions. This methodology provides a framework for the assessment of climate risk and the assessment of adaptation options together with decision-makers and society, taking into account various possible socio-economic development paths and climate scenarios. Through this exercise and the comparison of the scenarios, the students get to know connections and interactions, and also to take into account social framework conditions in the modeling. The students critically reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of such assessments, especially with regard to values, ethics and social justice. The students will describe and critically discuss the entire process in a professional project report.
LiteratureReferences will be given during the course.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered