Land Surface Processes
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Brings together a general understanding of environmental physics, acquisition and use of environmental data and numerical modelling of transport of particles and nutrients. Students will gain experience with several management tools for addressing environmental degradation, focussing on erosion, salinity, disposal of effluents, and mine site rehabilitation.
1. To give students a broad understanding of the Australian environment, with particular emphasis on the atmospheric environment and soils.
2. To provide students with knowledge of the theoretical background of land surface transport processes.
3. To ensure that students obtain adequate skills in environmental monitoring (including data collection, storage, retrieval and analysis).
4. To expose students to environmental models of land surface processes and to give them hands-on experience with soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer models and erosion models.
5. To provide students with a working knowledge of model-based tools for management of major environmental issues, including salinity, disposal of effluents and mine site rehabilitation.
Climate and weather (principles; Australian climates
Soils (physical, chemical, biological characteristics, soil formation, Australian soils)
Environmental modelling (introduction to distributed models; heterogeneity); effective parameters; sub-grid parameterisations; model fitting; scale effects)
Modelling soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer processes (SVATs)
Soil erosion (principles, comparison of models, applications) (SOILOSS)
Soil fertility and vegetation modelling
CIVL2050 Engineering Computations and Probability; CIVL3330 Hydrology; SURV2650 Spatial Data Systems and Remote Sensing.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term