- Code EMSC6021
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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 Extremes (CLEx).
Note: Graduate students in this course attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply fundamental physics to the theory of global warming;
- Describe the historical development of the scientific underpinnings of the theory of global warming;
- Explain current constraints on (i) our understanding of climate change, (ii) climate observations and (iii) climate models;
- Critically evaluate the uncertainties in climate predictions;
- Discuss and evaluate the accuracy of public statements on climate change in the popular press.
- Assignments (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Computer laboratory reports (35) [LO 1,3,4]
- Online Quizzes (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial Worksheets (15) [LO 1,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist 1 x 2 hour tutorial, 1 x 3 hour computer laboratory per week.
- Watching online lecture videos and and completing the quizzes will typically take 1 hour per week.
- Approximately 58 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, labs/tutorials and other assessment tasks.
No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course
Requisite and Incompatibility
Pierrehumbert, R. T. (2010), Principles of Planetary Climate, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Assumed KnowledgeAt least 6 units of tertiary level mathematics
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024