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GYM4370 - Applied environmental climatology

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Professor Nigel Tapper

Offered

Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)

Synopsis

Applied climatology addresses the role climate plays in the provision of food, shelter, energy and a healthy environment. The unit begins by acknowledging the role of traditional climate knowledge systems. Then a range of contemporary climate issues will be discussed along with approaches to addressing them. Issues include urban climate and design, air pollution, renewable (solar/wind) energy, and agriculture. Issues will be considered within the Australian context of climate change and variability (including extremes). Emphasis is placed on employment related theoretical, observational, analytical and modeling skills that will be developed through lectures, practicals and project work.

Objectives

Students will:

  1. appreciate urban climate knowledge
  2. be able to apply climate knowledge to urbanisation problems
  3. have gained practical experience in problem formulation and solution
  4. level 4 students, have developed specialised skills in research/project formulation.

Assessment

Literature review 500 words 11%
Practicals (500 words) 11%
Group or Individual Project Report/Presentation (1500 words): 33%
Examination (2 hours): 45%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures per week

one 3-hour practical per fortnight, plus private study/research time.

Prerequisites

18 points of Geography and Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science or permission of the Head of SGES. Other interested undergraduate and level 4 students will need to obtain permission from the Head of SGES

Prohibitions

GES3370

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