Teaching method

The teaching strategy takes its inspiration from the idea of ‘taking responsibility for one’s own learning’ and offers a wide range of learning situations. The climatologist is at the centre of different scientific fields: physical modeling, teledetection, hydrology and the management of natural resources. The integration between human and physical geography is emphasized. The courses are focused on problems in society: environmental changes, mobility, urbanization, globalization and developing countries. Activities such as seminars and integrated exercises are carried out in advanced areas of geographical research. Ability to use advanced methods of geographical analysis is an important objective of the training: geographical modeling, geographical information systems and satellite teledetection.

Practical work gives students the opportunity of dealing with concrete problems and finding solutions to them, often in small groups. The Master in Climatology is notable for the multidisciplinary background of the teaching staff. Studies will study with lecturers ingeography and physics. Activities such as seminars and integrated exercises are designed so that students progressively encounter the complexity of the climatic system. Students in the last year of the Master should therefore be able to use and understand professional climatic modelling systems.

The computer rooms with special software for geographical analysis are always open to students. In the first year of the Master, the field work consists of a week of supervised exercises in the Alps or Spain.