Master's Research Programs
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
OBJECTIVES OF THE MRP IN CLIMATE
CHANGE AND ENERGY
Nature of WASCAL MRP Program
Philosophy of the Program
Despite the fact that Africa is the most vulnerable continent to the impacts of climate change, constraints exist in availability of skilled manpower, training and research facilities, institutional capacity to coordinate climate change activities and lack of climate change adaptation policies. Given the fact that climate change management (adaptation and mitigation) strategies require an integrated, interdisciplinary and multi-sectorial approach, the Master of Sciences in Climate Change and Energy (CCE) is designed to prepare the next generation to address the energy challenges of adaptation and resilience to climate change in West Africa. The program interdisciplinary approach will allow a better understanding of present-day energy infrastructures in West Africa, their strength and weaknesses, energy policies, practices in a changing climate context and the search for sustainable solutions.
The vision of the program is to gain global recognition in the provision of world class climate change training and research that will contribute towards the development or enhancement of the capacity of young West African scientists to bridge the gap in knowledge on the climate change, energy crisis, sustainable energy and adequate policy formulations.
The mission of this program is to provide training on state of the art tools used in climate change impact assessments with the view of deriving useable climate change scenarios in WASCAL thematic areas that can propose adaptation and mitigation solutions and guide policy formulation across the region.
Objectives of the proposed Master
The main objective of this Master is to prepare and train a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals capable of proposing adapted solutions to face the abovementioned climate change and energy crisis. Therefore, Graduates will be well skilled in order to jointly fulfill the two following points:
demonstrate an understanding of the science related to a changing climate and global warming, knowledge of the impacts of climate change, vulnerability of natural systems and the built environment, and methods for adaptation;
develop a comprehension of energy production, delivery, and consumption for both traditional systems and sustainable energy alternatives with special emphasis on energy efficiency, energy management and local available renewable energy.
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