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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete


Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Financial Advisors
  • Consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Data Analysts
  • Researchers

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

Climate Change in the 21st Century

4 videos (Total 30 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Climate Science and Emissions Scenarios11m
Climate Impacts in the 21st Century9m
Types of Climate Observation5m
10 readings
Course at a Glance10m
How to Succeed10m
How to be Social10m
How to Give Feedback10m
Course Resources10m
Optional Exercises10m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
6 hours to complete

Sectoral and Regional Impacts

10 videos (Total 82 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Sectoral Impacts Around the World (Part II)10m
Climate Change, Fragility, and Conflict7m
Sectoral Impacts in South Asia7m
Sectoral Impacts in East Asia and Pacific7m
Sectoral Impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa5m
Sectoral Impacts in Europe and Central Asia6m
Sectoral Impacts in The Middle East and North Africa8m
Sectoral Impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean11m
Resilience and Adaptation – Monitoring Coastal Zones4m
10 readings
Regional Impacts10m
Resources for the SA region10m
Resources for the EAP region10m
Resources for the SSA region10m
Resources for the ECA region10m
Resources for the MENA region10m
Resources for the LAC region10m
Optional Exercises10m
1 practice exercise
Week 220m
3 hours to complete

From Science to Action on Climate Change

15 videos (Total 127 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
Policy Instruments for Low Emission Development12m
Mitigation in East Asia and Pacific8m
Adaptation and Resilience in East Asia and Pacific8m
Mitigation in Sub-Saharan Africa7m
Adaptation and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa9m
Mitigation in Europe and Central Asia7m
Adaptation and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia7m
Adaptation and Resilience in the Middle East and North Africa6m
Mitigation in the Middle East and North Africa7m
Mitigation in Latin America and Caribbean9m
Adaptation and Resilience in Latin America and Caribbean9m
Mitigation in South Asia8m
Adaptation and Resilience in South Asia7m
The Importance of EO in Climate Policy and Planning5m
4 readings
Regional Climate Action10m
Optional Exercises10m
1 practice exercise
Week 320m
3 hours to complete

What You Can Do

4 videos (Total 28 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Act Now, Act Together, Act Differently in Response to Climate Change5m
Perspectives - Countries Acting to Address Climate Change Challenges11m
Big Data and Crowdsourcing – ESA MOOC5m
3 readings
Optional Exercises10m
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Top reviews from From Climate Science to Action

By TSJun 5th 2017

It was very informative, the discussions were lively and brought together thinking around the world and broadened my perspective on Climate Change and its possible effects if we do nothing now.

By SDJun 5th 2017

This course has provided me with a strong foundation for understanding climate related impacts and the different avenues that are available and can be pursued in this field.



Alan S. Miller

Principal Climate Change Specialist

Claudia Barrera

Senior Carbon Finance Specialist

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • On this page (https://www.coursera.org/learn/climate-science), click on "Enroll Now". You will need to fill in your account information (name, e-mail, password) and sign up to the Coursera, if you are not done so already.

  • The official start date for the course is: May 8, 2017. The course is open for enrollment in advance. However, the course site will only open on the start date.

  • The course is presented and closed captioned in English. Click the “cc” button on the video to view captions. English proficiency is highly recommended for an optimal learning experience.

  • The course is offered over a four-week period covering the following themes:

    Week 1: Climate Change in the 21st Century

    Week 2: Sectoral and Regional Impacts

    Week 3: From Science to Action on Climate Change

    Week 4: What You Can Do: Acting Individually to Address the Climate Challenge

  • To get the most out of this course, you must be an active learner. Access the lessons as often as possible. Review the videos and core readings, and complete the quizzes and peer assignments. We also encourage you to engage with other participants through the discussion forums, meetups or social media channels aligned with the course. Applying what you learn through the final project or other assignments will also be vital to your learning.

  • Together with completing the course requirements, and paying a $5 fee, you will receive a Course certificate from Coursera. Course requirements include gaining a cumulative score of 50% in the following required activities: three quizzes, two peer review assignments and a final project. You will receive a distinction if you score 80% or over. These core resources and assignments will take around three hours per week to complete.

  • No. If you are not concerned about formally completing the course and receiving a Course Certificate, you can dip in and out of the course, make connections with others, and learn some new things. You are more than welcome to do this in whatever way makes the most sense for you.

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