CLIMATE CHANGE AND LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION

ENV2EGL

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the landscape and climate history of the earth, emphasising the changes that have occurred in Australia and highlighting the last 2 million years. The causes and effects of climate change are discussed, with detailed consideration of current climate change due to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The landscape is shaped by both surface processes (rivers, waves and wind) and tectonic influences (volcanoes and earthquakes), and these are discussed along with the fundamental concepts of weathering, stratigraphy, deposition and erosion. The subject also deals with the impacts of climate and landscape change on the evolution of vegetated landscapes across the globe, in particular the role of fire in shaping major ecosystems of the Australian continent and how Aboriginals affected the megafauna and forests. The excursion integrates different aspects of the lecture material to develop a landscape, climate and vegetation history of the Geelong region.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsENV3EGL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject is co-taught with ENV3EGL, but uses lower order marking criteria than in ENV3EGL.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Quaternary environments

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWilliams, M. A. J.

Year1993

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherEDWARD ARNOLD 1993.

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Global geomorphology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSummerfield, M. A.

Year1991

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PublisherLONGMAN

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Climate change

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBurroughs, W.J.

Year2001

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PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe the basic processes that control the present climate, the data used to interpret past climates, and the climate history of the earth
02. Define the processes underlying recent climate change
03. Describe the surface and tectonic processes that shape the landscape, and understand how the landscape of Victoria was formed by these processes
04. Describe the influence of climate, landscape and tectonics on the major components of global vegetation, e.g. rise of the grasslands, and understand how the modern Australian vegetation has evolved, including the impact of Aboriginals
05. Analyse the climate and landscape history of an area from field observations and data provided, in order to write a report with coherent explanations supported by evidence in grammatically correct prose and use of key vocabulary.
06. Apply numerical calculations and graphical representations to manipulate and interpret data, in order to solve complex constructed and real-world problems involving climate change and landscape development.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 21 - 21
One 1.00 d field trip per study period on sunday during the day from week 21 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
3-hour end-of-semester examinationN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Excursion report (500-words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Laboratory/practical exercises (10 reports, 1,000-words equivalent )N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6