- Code ENVS6204
- 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, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Climate
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Joelle Gergis
- Prof Geoffrey Cary
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2024
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Australia is a country defined by dramatic extremes – our highly variable climate influences virtually every aspect of our lives. So what makes Australia the ‘land of drought and flooding rains’? What are the factors that influenced major bushfires, floods and droughts that have shaped Australian society? How is climate change influencing Australian climate variability and extremes? In this course we provide a foundation for understanding Australian weather, climate and bushfire science. It is designed to lead students into advanced third year courses in climatology, climate change, bushfire science, water resource management and climate change policy. It is also provides a multidisciplinary understanding of climate and bushfire science for students pursuing ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, or sustainability studies.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed differently.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Interpret, describe and explain the physical processes that drive weather, climate and bushfire in Australia
- Explain and analyse real-world data to characterise bushfire, flood and drought conditions
- Proficiency in analysing how weather, climate and bushfires vary in location, scale and complexity
- Reflect upon and explain how weather, climate and bushfire extremes are considered in decision making
- Apply multidisciplinary thinking to course topics to understand contemporary challenges
- Reflect upon, synthesise and explain learning outcomes 1-5 from a broad scale, to specific topics/events
A laptop is required for each Practical class. Please see the course convenors prior to Week 2 if this will be an issue.
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- Weather review quiz (covering Weeks 1–3) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Climate review quiz (covering Weeks 4–6) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Fire review quiz (covering Weeks 7–10) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Oral presentation (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lecture per week plus 1 x 2 hour practical.
- Approximately 72 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
The course reading list will be provided at the start of semester.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2944||19 Feb 2024||26 Feb 2024||31 Mar 2024||24 May 2024||In Person||N/A|