Climatology and Soils

Course code GEOS2070Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course provides a basic introduction to climatology and hydrometerology in the context of the regional hydrologic cycle. The course covers atmospheric circulation, ocean-atmosphere interaction and rainfall variability. Regional climatic conditions and geologic parent material are important in the development of soils. The soil science component of this course deals with soil profile description, soil classification systems and descriptive soil properties. The relationships between climate and soils, land use and runoff is examined in detail in this course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this subject will:

1. have an understanding of the components of atmospheric circulation, the hydrologic cycle and the basic relationships which exist between climatologic variables, soil forming processes and soil development;
2. be able to undertake laboratory and field based measurements in climatology and soil science;
3. be able to undertake predictive calculations associated with hydrologic process and measurement;
4. understand the relationship which exists between climate, soil, land-use management and runoff in a regional context.
ContentThe following topics will be covered in this course: Physics of climate and general circulation; Atmospheric moisture, clouds and precipitation; Atmospheric circulation and weather of Australasia; Ocean-atmosphere interactions and rainfall variability; Regional and small scale climates; Regional hydrological balance (precipitation, evaporation and transpiration); Hydrometeorology and analysis of rainfall data; Soil forming processes; Soil profile description and key characteristics; Soil classification systems and mapping; Soil moisture/water balance interactions; Land use management and problem soils in Australasia.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces part of GEOS2030 Biogeography and Climatology and part of EMGT2010 Soils and Hydrology.
TransitionThis course cannot be counted for credit with GEOS2030 and EMGT2010.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS1040 Earth's Dynamic Systems and either GEOS1050 Earth's Processes and Products or ENVS1060 Environmental Chemical & Physical Processes.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalFinal examination
Laboratory ExercisesPractical/laboratory exercises
ReportsField reports
Contact HoursField Study: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Practical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.