Global Change Biology


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim is to qualify the student to understand how global changes affect biological systems.

Learning objectives


  • On how greenhouse gas emission is linked to climate change, and how climate changes affect greenhouse gas emissions
  • On how climate changes can influence populations and community dynamics
  • On how a changing climate impact on agriculture and horticulture 
  • On how climate historically has changed and impacted on life on earth
  • On how populations adapt to changing thermal conditions through plastic and evolutionary responses 
  • On the role of evolution and phenotypic plasticity in relation to climate change
  • About the factors that constraints evolutionary processes


  • Apply predictive ecosystem models to estimate how ecosystems are affected by global changes and land use
  • Discriminate between species invasion from gradual migration due to climate changes and random species invasion


  • Describe and use strategies that can mitigate greenhouse emission 

Type of instruction

Lectures supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, experimental work etc.

Extent and expected workload

The module is 5 ECTS which is corresponding to 150 hours of study.



Name of examGlobal Change Biology
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam. Exam format is decided by start of semester.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKlimapåvirkning af biologiske systemer
Module codeB-GEO-K3-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science