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MSc Agrometeorology and Risk Management

Duration: 4 Semesters

 

Objectives:

  • Equip graduates with knowledge and skills in climate sciences and its applications
  • To facilitate an interdisciplinary understanding of climate science, society and policies; and its applications that will permit graduates to effectively engage in science-led agricultural development and natural resource management.
  • To produce high calibre scientists who will lead training and research, and provide leadership by providing graduates with an understanding and practical experience of the different disciplines within the realm of climate science and broader development issues.

Structure and content

The candidate shall be required to take 25 credit hours of core courses; and 2 additional elective courses (one course in each semester). He/She shall undertake the mandatory research project (Thesis Research) equivalent to six credit hours and prepare a thesis research manuscript which shall be defended as per the procedures of the SGS.

Core courses

Climate dynamic and Atmospheric Radiation

Measurement and observation in Agro-meteorology

Agricultural Microclimatology

Food Security and disaster Management

Modelling and system analysis in agro-meteorology and Natural Risk management

Remote sensing and GIS for Agro-meteorology

climate and dryland resources management

Climate change and dryland resources management

Statistical and research methods in Agro-meteorology

 

Electives

Soil properties and processes

Water Shed management

Measures for flood and drought relief

Crop (plant) ecology and physiology

Crop Protection and climate

Animal production Systems and management in climate change

Communication in Agro-meteorology

Environmental impact assessment, policy and law

Assessment methods

Course work evaluation includes: continuous assessment, written examination and a research project. The continuous assessment shall comprise tests, assignments, practical and practical session reports, project papers, term papers and exams.

 

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Have knowledge, skills and capacity to address problems associated with food insecurity and natural disaster, climate change;
  • Apply modern tools and techniques in Agro-meteorology and natural risk management and also work for continuous refinement and upgrading of existing practices;
  • Make decision on sustainable development to ensure food security and healthier climate and environment;
  • Monitor climate change, and other natural and man-made hazards
  • Carry out environmental impact assessment for proposed development proposals;
  • Communicate effectively on weather forecasting, early warning and disaster preparedness as well as natural risk management to diversity of stakeholders including farming and pastoral communities and policy makers;
  • Teach courses; and design, plan and conduct trainings for specialized skill and knowledge in areas of agro-meteorology, natural risk management and climate change/variability, and
  • Manage government and private enterprises, distribution systems, teaching and research institutions/organization.

Recognition and accreditation

Haramaya University

Tuition Language

English