6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Day)
From the humid tropics to the polar deserts, Earth's diverse
array of climates are the result of complex physical, chemical
and biological processes and their interactions. This unit
provides an introduction to the Earth's climate system and its
operation. Students will gain an appreciation of the climate of
the Earth's surface, sub-surface and upper atmosphere, and
how these vary in space and time. Key processes that regulate
the climate on the global, regional and micro-scale will be
introduced. The natural operation of these processes, and their
operation with human influence, will be examined. Students will
be exposed to the techniques and instrumentation used to
measure and monitor the atmosphere and the real-world
applications for climate monitoring will be described. Practical
experience in meteorological measurement will be gained
through laboratory classes and a weekend field trip.
On completion of the unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Define the concept of 'climate' and describe techniques for classifying climates.
- Describe how various elements of the climate system are measured and observed, including the instruments employed, how they operate, and application to real-world climate problems.
- Describe how the climate varies on a number of time and space scales. Explain some of the key physical mechanisms and their interactions that cause these variations, and appreciate their complexity.
- Know some of the modifications made by humans that can influence the climate and the associated processes by which this occurs.
- Communicate complex concepts in climate science to scientific and non-scientific audiences
Examination: 50% + Practical reports: 20% + Major assignment: 20% + Field trip and group presentation: 10%
Three hours of lectures + one 2-hour practical per week
See also Unit timetable information
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
One of EAE1022, ESC1011, ESC1022, ATS1301
ATS2776 and ATS2779