Climate Change & Society

Visualization for Climate Change Information and Decision–Making Course Returns Spring 2019

Bridge the gap between science and community

UNC Asheville’s Climate Change & Society Certificate Program has additional seats open in its Visualization for Climate Change Information and Decision–Making course, beginning January 2019. The GIS-based, graduate-level course is applicable to communicators and scientists and focuses on a survey of climate observational datasets and tools.

Tailored for working professionals and students interested in the fields of climate and sustainability, the course was developed to bridge the gap between climate scientists and government agencies, business and community organizations whose decisions and work may be impacted by climate change. Individuals interested in developing more knowledge on the subject and lifelong learners are also welcome to enroll.

The visualization course is one of four courses in UNC Asheville’s two-year certificate program on Climate Change & Society, which is offered through UNC Asheville’s Master of Liberal Arts & Sciences Program.

The courses are offered on a convenient evening schedule, with Visualization for Climate Change Information and Decision-Making meeting Monday evenings, 6pm-8:30pm, January 14 – May 6, 2019. Students may enroll in one course at a time, in any order, with four required to complete the certificate.

The certificate was affirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2011, and courses may count toward the Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Asheville or transfer to other graduate programs. Each course awards three graduate-level credits, and is limited to 10 students. For cost information, visit the Cost of Attending website and scroll down to Graduate Student rates.

Individuals interested in enrolling are encouraged to complete the application process by January 7 to reserve a seat in the course, and are strongly encouraged to reach out to director Gerard Voos before or during the application process at

As of January 18, 2011, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has approved a certificate program in Climate Change & Society to be offered within the MLAS Program. The four courses for the certificate will be offered in rotation over four semesters.

Call 828.250.2399 for more information and how to apply.

CCS catalog course descriptions

CCS 560: Fundamentals of Climate Change Science

Foundational examination of how earth systems interact to cause regional and global climate change. Past climates will be studied to learn how feedbacks between the earth, atmosphere, biosphere and cryosphere drive natural climate change. Predictions of future climates will be presented by means of theory, modern observations and computer projections based on human activities.

CCS 560: Visualization for Climate Change Information and Decision–Making

Survey of climate observational datasets and the tools that are used to visualize and analyze them. Includes working with climate model output, using geographic information systems (GIS) for climate change decision-making and analyses of climate change impacts.

CCS 560: Decision Modeling and Statistics

Analysis of data to represent facts, guide decisions and test opinions in managing systems and processes. Includes basic statistical inference including regression analysis, correlation, classification, filtering and smoothing. Special emphasis is placed on the analysis of climate data.

CCS 560: Communicating Science

Explores methods to bridge the gap between scientific findings and their understanding by the general public. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical approaches to developing successful communication campaigns, including the use of focus groups to determine the best course of action.