• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Andrew Hogg
    • Prof Michael Roderick
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course EMSC6021
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles and empirical evidence that underpin the modern understanding of anthropogenic climate change. We will develop a quantitative understanding of the fundamental physics (radiation and surface energy balance, dynamics) governing the earth system. We will examine the synthesis of climate observations to discern current global trends and investigate past climates. In particular, we will analyse uncertainties in the current predictions and outline ways in which the scientific community is moving to refine these predictions. Key components of the course will be informed using insights from ongoing research within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science.

 

Honours pathway option (HPO)

Students enrolled in the Honours pathway option (HPO) will be required to do an alternative assignment. The material will be set at a higher conceptual level,  requiring more advanced and extensive research. 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe the fundamental physics governing the theory of global warming;

2. Describe the historical development of the scientific underpinnings of the theory of global warming;

3. Understand current constraints on (i) our understanding of climate change, (ii) climate observations and (iii) climate models;

4. Desribe and evaluate the uncertainties in climate predictions;

5. Describe and evaluate the accuracy of public statements on climate change in the popular press.

Indicative Assessment

  • Assignments (30%, LO 3-5)
  • Laboratory Classes (30%, LO 1 and 3)
  • Final Exam (40%, LO 1-5)

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Workload

Five-six contact hours per week comprising lectures and practicals/tutorials. Students are expected to spend an average of a further 5 hours per week on work related to the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MATH1013 or MATH1115 or PHYS1101. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC3029 or PHYS3029 or EMSC6021.

Prescribed Texts

Pierrehumbert, R. T. (2010), Principles of Planetary Climate, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Assumed Knowledge

Elementary Calculus

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8168 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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