Future climate change may critically affect natural resources that are essential for basic human needs. Water resources are undoubtedly among the most important resources in this respect. Moreover, water plays an important role in the climate system. These examples illustrate why it is important to pay considerable attention to natural resources in climate change education. The expertise associated with natural resource sectors is inherently multidisciplinary, focusing on real-world problems. Water expertise for example incorporates social, economic, environmental, health, political, institutional, technological and other aspects. In this article, the authors explore the potential contribution of expertise on water issues to climate change education at the Masters level, and the competences with which it is associated. This exploration is framed within a larger European Union Erasmus project 'The lived experience of climate change: interdisciplinary e-module development and virtual mobility'.
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Paleoclimatology: Examples of Ecological Impacts from Prehistoric Climate Change
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How Climate Change will affect your Work Conditions
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