The UNSW Risks and Impacts of a Changing Climate (CLIM2002) course teaches the essentials of understanding and managing climate risk. This course demonstrates how climate risk may manifest as a challenge in a wide range of sectors, including built environment, engineering, business, health and economics. This course aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the risky impacts of climate change, which is an emerging issue in business, industry and government.

As global temperatures near 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and carbon dioxide levels increase, we all must consider and plan for climate change impacts. Climate change affects the marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environment in many ways, including sea-level rise, bushfires and rainfall. Through the Risks and Impacts of a Changing Climate course, you’ll get the chance to evaluate the effects of climate change and form solutions. As anthropogenic climate change is expected to continue and escalate in the near future, there’s no better time to enhance your education in this space.

Course breakdown

This course will give you an understanding of climate change risk within various sectors. It will also strengthen your ability to engage with government, non-government organisations and industry.

Learning outcomes include:

  • apply scientific principles to evaluate claims about the impacts of anthropogenic climate change
  • discuss the anticipated impacts of natural and anthropogenic changes and risks to natural and human systems
  • explain and apply basic quantitative risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis under uncertainty
  • apply appropriate frameworks and resources to evaluate risks and possible adaptations to environmental changes and threats caused by climate changes
  • evaluate and articulate solutions and management strategies for climate-related impacts
  • identify approaches to risk assessment and management that are appropriate to different sector.

Conditions for enrolment 

To be eligible for this course, you must have completed 24 Units of Credit (UoC), with exceptions by negotiation.

Career opportunities

Environmental science analyses and provides solutions to current environmental challenges, including climate change, waste management and pollution. To protect the planet, environmental scientists study, develop and advise on future policies. These policies can be embedded within Government legislation to ensure the survival of flora, fauna and other natural resources.

At UNSW Science, you can further your study in climate change with the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons) majoring in Climate System Science or Climate Dynamics.

You can also study aspects of climate change in the Bachelor of Environmental Management.

Relevant roles

  • Climate Risk Analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Marine Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist

Find out more

For more information, please contact Professor Jason Evans.


T: +61 2 9385 7066