Climate Change and Resource Management

Course code ENVS3205Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course will critically evaluate the science associated with climate change prediction, its anticipated impacts and the various mitigation and adaptive strategies which have been proposed. The course will give students exposure to, and the tools/knowledge to deal with the climate related problems being faced by industry and society. Particular emphasis will be given to the practical implications of climate change associated with water resource management, human health, ecological systems and policy development.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. An exposure to the problems being faced by industry and society in relation to climate change impacts;
2. An ability to critically evaluate published information relating to climate change prediction, impacts, mitigation and adaptation;
3. Knowledge on possible options for mitigating and/or adapting to the impacts of climate change;
4. An awareness of some of the issues associated with the "climate change debate";
5. Experience in synthesising large amounts of information on a highly complex issue and presenting this information in an understandable, but also scientifically robust, way (both orally and in written form); and
6. Skill necessary to critique studies on the impacts of climate change.
ContentThe course will be split into three overlapping components:
1. the projected impacts of climate change (including information on the uncertainties in the science behind the projections and models used),
2. possible climate change mitigation strategies for managing resources (including the issues associated with some of these strategies), and
3. possible climate change adaptation strategies which are in response to the predictions made.

This course will adopt an Earth System Science perspective in examining the science and assumptions involved in modelling climate change and will also investigate various climate change mitigation strategies.

There will be an emphasis on practical implications and pros and cons associated with these management strategies and responses.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2070 Climatology & Soils
ENVS2040 Energy & the Environment
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Lecture
Practical
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursPractical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ENVS3205