Climate resilience is the concept of designing systems that can adapt to the changing climate. This includes everything from building marine infrastructure that can withstand rising sea levels to transportation systems immune to increased flooding.
Creating more resilient human development requires a multidisciplinary approach. Professionals with expertise in digital mapping, business and organizational leadership, and environmental science are uniquely suited to lead this charge.
Unity College offers online pathways to those critical disciplines and more.
Here are five ways Unity College students build climate resilience into their online education.
Studying Sustainable Community Development
Unity’s Environmental Studies undergrads study the land-use, transportation, and ecological planning needed for building sustainable communities. With a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of the environment, planners will be better able to develop resilient solutions to climate change that address the needs of all members of society.
Using GIS to Understand the Effects of Climate Change
Students in Unity’s online Master’s in Environmental Geographic Information Science program are building skills while analyzing spatial, map, and topographic data to illustrate environmental problems. They work on everything from coastal erosion to surface temperature mapping to natural disasters. Communities seeking to incorporate climate resilience need accurate spatial data to fully understand the scope of the challenges they face. GIScience will play a vital role in helping planners create more robust systems to manage sea-level change, shifting weather patterns, and more. At the undergraduate level, online students also have the opportunity to take elective courses and add an Environmental GIS concentration onto their degree.
Studying Community Building and Communication
Climate resilience means addressing environmental issues that have an ecological, economic, and cultural impact for the communities involved. Being able to communicate with stakeholders is the first step to building public support for resilient development. Unity students learn to effectively use values-based communication to raise support for critical environmental issues.
Building Strategies to Move the Needle on Climate Change
Unity’s graduate students learn the strategies to facilitate change within organizations and to promote understanding of environmental principles. Students learn how to manage scientific and environmental innovation by studying the strategies that guide businesses and organizations to make meaningful impacts on environmental problems.
Understanding How Humans and the Environment Interact
Humans interact with the environment in unique ways. Unity students master multidisciplinary approaches to understanding this interaction through disciplines as diverse as biology, natural resources management, ecology, and more. Understanding how populations respond to environmental change will lay the foundation for resilient development.
Climate resiliency represents a growing field of career opportunities that environmentally-focused students should consider. Careers exist in planning for climate change and monitoring their effects. Communities across the country have developed climate vulnerability and mitigation plans and will need well-trained experts to create the resilient built environment of tomorrow.