Faculty of Science
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
A multidisciplinary approach to the nature, causes and future implications of climatic change and variability. This is a team taught unit. Emphasis is placed on processes such as rapid climate change, greenhouse warming, carbon cycle, monsoon activity and the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon which are of greatest global concern. Contributions of fossil, historical and instrumental data are critically assessed and social, economic, political and broad environmental implications of predicted future changes are evaluated in terms of the significance for biotic communities and human society. Analysis of paleo, historical and current environmental data forms is a core.
The course aims to provide a background in how climate has changed in the past and how it is likely to change in the future. After completing the unit student will be expected to:
Examination (2 hours): 35%
3 hours per week on average (two lectures per week and one 2-hour practical per fortnight) plus a 1-day field excursion
A first-year sequence in geography and environmental science, mathematics, earth sciences, biology, environmental science or permission
ATM3250, GES2860, GES3860