Available in 2018

Course handbook


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, focusing on erosion and salinity.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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 hydrological models.

5. To provide students with a working knowledge of model-based tools for management of major environmental issues, including salinity and erosion.


Natural Environment

  • Climate and weather (principles; Australian climates)
  • Soils (physical, chemical, biological characteristics: soil formation: Australian soils)

Process models

  • 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

Assumed knowledge

CIVL2050 Engineering Computations and Probability; CIVL3330 Hydrology; SURV2650 Spatial Data Systems and Remote Sensing.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term