Faculty of Science
6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
The earth's surface directly influences our climate and weather. This unit explores climates found at the land surface in terms of the exchanges of radiation, heat, water, and carbon dioxide. We examine how atmospheric processes interact with the physical properties of different surfaces to produce distinctive climates, including natural and human-modified environments. Natural environments of increasing complexity are considered (from simple desert and water bodies, to vegetated surfaces and non-uniform terrain). Relevant examples are drawn from ongoing research particularly in Australia. Emphasis is placed on gaining practical skills through laboratory exercises and a weekend field trip.
In successfully participating in this subject students will show that they:
Essay (2000 words): 25%
3 hours per week on average (2 lectures per week and one 2-hour practical per fortnight) plus one 2-day field excursion
A first-year sequence in geography and environmental science, mathematics, earth sciences, biology, environmental science or permission