CLIMATE CHANGE AND LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION
Credit points: 15
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.
Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Special conditionsThis subject is co-taught with ENV2EGL, but uses higher order marking criteria than in ENV2EGL.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
AuthorSummerfield, M. A.
AuthorWilliams, M. A. J.
PublisherEDWARD ARNOLD 1993.
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
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb
Field TripWeek: 21 - 21
One 1.00 day 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 hours 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 2.00 hours lecture 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 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Laboratory/practical exercises (10 reports, 1,000-words equivalent total)
|Other||Individual||No||40||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6|
Excursion report (500-words equivalent)
|Report||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|
3-hour end-of-semester examination
|Central exam||Individual||No||40||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5|