Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

A changing climate affects land, forest, and agricultural ecosystems, with predominantly negative impacts projected in most regions of the world. At the same time, human activities in these ecosystems contribute significantly to global emissions of greenhouse gases and consequent planetary warming and climate change. Yet land and ecosystem-based activities are also looked to as potential solutions to climate change, ranging from small-scale agroecological production of crops and livestock to large-scale bioenergy-based geoengineering approaches. Cutting across all these dimensions of land-climate interactions are the climate impacts of and on food production, food security, and livelihoods based on food and farming.

In this course we survey scientific and policy literature on these intersections between land and climate change. Much of the material surveyed draws from and builds on the 2019 special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on land and climate. The course focuses on 1) understanding the scientific basis of 2) technologies, policies, and politics of climate action in the land sector, while 3) considering impacts on food security and livelihoods based on food production. Evaluation in the course will be based on weekly summaries of readings, contributions to class discussion, and a final presentation.


Prior coursework in or knowledge of climate change politics, ecology, agroecology, food systems.

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