Changing climatic conditions as well as human activities such as agricultural intensification lead to changing land cover patterns like deforestation, desertification but also regeneration or reforestation. To better understand the impact of climate change on land cover and the social –ecological system, students are trained in the use of state-of-the-art modeling tools for the analysis of environmental and socio-economic datasets. They produce quantitative results for scenario development and the assessment of the impacts of climate change on land cover and the environment with the aim of proffering the most suitable adaptation measures to minimize these impacts.
At the end of the two year programme, the graduates of the DRP in Climate Change and Human Habitat are expected to:
- Demonstrate state-of-the-art expertise in their field of specialization;
- Independently formulate and execute research in accordance with academic standards within their field of specialization, thus contributing to the body of knowledge in this field;
- Develop and apply research techniques independently;
- Convert knowledge of complex physical and biological processes into useful modeling concepts and apply this to real world situations;
- Recognize, understand and apply new concepts as they emerge in the various related fields;
- Translate scientific knowledge in their field of specialization into policy recommendations;
- Show evidence of scholarship by presenting M.Tech thesis and publishing at least one (1) article from the research in a reputable journal.
Central to the programme is a sound training in quantitative methods for climate change and land use analysis and assessment. During the two-years program, students complete practical and theoretical courses on remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS), geo-statistics, research methodology, land use dynamics as well as regional climate modeling. Students have the option for further specialization in the fields of agriculture, land management, economic resources, water resources and climate systems.
Federal University of Technology, Minna
The Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna) is a Federal Government owned University in Nigeria. It was established in 1983 and specializes in Sciences, Engineering and especially Technology. In 2003 FUT Minna established its Centre for Climate Change and Freshwater Resources (CCCFR). The CCCFR has concluded important projects such as the production of a National Agro-Climatic Atlas to be used for combating effects of climate change-induced natural disaster in Nigeria. The center collaborates with University of Cape Town, South Africa and with several United Nations Agencies like UNFCCC, WMO, UNEP, UNDP, FAO, UNESCO etc. In 2010, FUT Minna total students enrolments were over 14,000 with academic staff strength of 698.
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