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ATM2250

Faculty of Science

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

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.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Jason Beringer and colleagues

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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:

  1. Understand the concept of climate change and how this varies from climate variability
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how climate changes across different timescales (geological, centennial, decadal to annual)
  3. Illustrate the mechanisms and feedbacks that influence climate change
  4. Show an awareness of the social and political context to climate change and the impacts, adaptation and mitigation of such change.

Assessment

Examination (2 hours): 35%
Practical reports (6 hours): 30%
Essay (2000 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Jason Beringer

Contact hours

3 hours per week on average (two lectures per week and one 2-hour practical per fortnight) plus a 1-day field excursion

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence in geography and environmental science, mathematics, earth sciences, biology, environmental science or permission

Prohibitions

ATM3250, GES2860, GES3860