EAE2011 - Environmental problem solving and visualisation - 2018

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.



Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dietmar Dommenget


Dr Dietmar Dommenget

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


One of ESC1011, ESC1022, ATS1301, EAE1011 or EAE1022


Environmental problem solving and visualisation will provide the

students with the ability to solve a wide-ranging set of common

problems in environmental and climate science. Through practical

problem solving it will introduce methods and techniques used in

environmental and climate science to collect and analyse data, to build

quantitative models and to visualise key results. The unit will discuss a

number of environmental and climate science problem-based topics

involving observing and modelling the earth. Simple techniques and

methods from the fields of mathematics, physics and information

technology will be introduced successively in the context of real-world

problems and will enable students to apply these necessary skills in

the higher level units in the Environmental Earth Sciences and Climate

Science majors.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic methods for data analysis and scientific modelling of environmental and climate science.
  2. Make statistical analysis of environmental and climate data sets with numerical methods and visualise their results using common tools, such as GIS or MATLAB.
  3. Analyse simple models in terms of sensitivities, quantitative and qualitative relationships.
  4. Build simple quantitative models based theoretical knowledge or statistical data analysis.
  5. Communicate clearly the key concepts covered in the unit, both verbally and in written form.


Practicals, assignments and presentations: 40%

Mid-term tests: 10%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

Contact hours equivalent to two hours of lectures per week and one 3-hour practical per week.

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