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PL4-304 Climate adaptation in spatial planning

Emneplan for studieåret 2021/2022

Innhald og oppbygging

The course combines knowledge about climate change adaptation with practical exercises related to spatial planning. The theoretical part of the course focuses on societal characteristics and processes of importance for climate change adaptation, as well as different approaches to climate change adaptation. This provides a foundation for critical reflection on different strategies for climate change adaptation, interrelations between societal change and climate change, and between climate change adaptation and mitigation.This is meant to provide the necessary background to complete the practical exercises and course work.

The practical exercises have a vocational focus, offering valuable planning experience to the student. The student will work with planning legislation in different countries, and specific challenges related to climatic changes for spatial planning in a local context. An excursion is offered to provide insights into the integrative perspective of spatial planning.



The student has

  • understanding of central concepts in and approaches to climate change adaptation
  • knowledge of how planning for climate change adaptation interrelates with other important global planning objectives, such as mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as improving public health and democracy
  • advanced knowledge of how societal factors and contexts influence climate risk
  • advanced knowledge of advantages and challenges associated with different approaches to climate change adaptation worldwide
  • insight into legal instruments for planning for climate change adaptation in various countries

The student is able to

  • conduct localized climate risk assessments
  • develop alternative strategies for local climate change adaptation based on climate risk assessments
  • coordinate measures for sustainable climate change adaptation
  • understand and assess plans and strategies for climate adaptation
  • select relevant literature to understand and discuss adaptation strategies

The student can

  • conduct assessments and planning processes with the aim of reducing climate risk
  • reflect upon future perspectives on sustainable land use
  • communicate climate issues in societal and spatial planning
  • take a leading role in planning processes
  • present and discuss, in oral and written form, complex issues across scientific borders
  • provide and handle constructive feedback on written and oral presentations

Krav til forkunnskapar

Completed bachelor degree of 180 ECTS

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

It will be an advantage to have completed the following courses (or equivalent knowledge): 

  • GE4-300 Climate Change and Climate Policy 
  • BI4-301 Climate Change and Ecosystems
  • GE4-306 Natural hazards in spatial planning
  • PL4-303 Run-off Management

Basic knowledge of spatial planning and national planning legislation will be an asset.

Undervisnings- og læringsformer

  • Lectures, seminars, group work and excursion
  • Practical planning exercises 

Obligatorisk læringsaktivitet

Compulsory learning activities

  • 2 approved assignments 
  • Approved participation in excursion
  • Approved participation in 4-7 seminars

Any absence must be clarified with course responsible in advance


Individual project assignment 

Grading A-F, where F is not passed

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