- Code ENVS2004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
This course focuses on the fundamentals of meteorology and bushfire science, framed within the context of Australian climatology. It is designed to lead students into advanced third year courses in climatology, climate change, bushfire science, climate change science and policy, and water resource management and policy.
This course has three focus areas:
Weather - What is ‘weather’ and why does it happen? Learn how weather serves to redisperse heat energy around the globe through global circulation processes, and how to understand the wind, rain and chaos that come along with it. Includes a special focus on bushfire meteorology. Taught by Nicholas Engerer.
Climate - Why is Australia’s climate amongst the most variable in the world? Why is water so plentiful at some times, while scarce at others? Includes emphasis on the fire regime of Australia. Taught by Nicholas Engerer.
Fire - In Australia, fire regimes vary from infrequent, explosive, summer fires to annual, low intensity, fires in winter. How, and more importantly why, do fire regimes vary so much? This is the key to understanding the phenomenon of fire in Australia. Taught by Associate Professor Geoff Cary.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Describe and explain the physical processes that drive weather, climate & fire in Australia
Explain the interactions between the above and their variability
Analyse and forecast weather and fire danger
Analyse weather, climate and fire scenarios that vary in location, scale and complexity
Reflect upon, synthesise and explain LOs 1-4
All laboratory and field trip sheets must be submitted in order to achieve a final grade. Assessment will be based on:
Mid-term Test (LOs 1,2,4) 15%
Final Exam (LOs 1,2,4,5) 20%
Practical Assessments (7 best @ 5% each) (LOs 1,2,3,4,5) 35%
Weather and Cloud Journal (LOs 3,4,5) 15%
Bushfire Meteorology Report (LOs 2,3,4,5) 15%
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5 hours of lectures and practicals per week. Students are expected to spend 8-10 hours per week, on average, on reading and course assignments.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Sturman, AP and Tapper, NJ (2006) The Weather and Climate of Australia & New Zealand. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Cheney, P and Sullivan, A (2008) Grassfires. Fuel, Weather and Fire Behaviour. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2027||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|