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The impacts of climate change will not be felt by changes in our average temperature, but by changes to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. But why is that? And what does it mean for Australia?
These are the questions you will answer in this subject.
You will examine the circulation of our atmosphere and learn the connection between weather systems like thunderstorms and global patterns such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomenon.
You will learn the difference between global climate variability and human-induced climate change, and understand how both play a role in the extreme weather experienced around the world today.
You will also look to the future, and gain an appreciation for how climate models project what the world will look like in 20, 50 and 200 years. Through case studies, guest lectures, a virtual field-trip or incursion, and the latest climate research, you will explore the biggest challenge of our time.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the key large-scale circulation features of the Earth system, ranging from regional to global
- Analyse the role of atmospheric phenomena on extreme weather events at various scales
- Apply critical thinking to the impact of human-induced climate change on extreme weather events
- Describe and implement experimental techniques for monitoring climate variability and change
- Interpret standard climate products and datasets, including weather and climate maps and diagrams, seasonal forecasts and model output
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Problem-solving skills: Demonstrated and high level of achievement in writing and problem-solving;
- Technical skills: Capacity to apply quantitative and technical abilities to problem solving;
- Critical thinking skills: Ability to reflect and critique information as life-long learners;
- Systems thinking skills: Capacity to apply knowledge and adapt to scientific, technological and social changes;
- Time management skills: Demonstrated excellent organisational, planning and time management;
- Analytical skills: Ability to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines.
Last updated: 7 September 2023