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Climate Change, Coasts and Oceans - ENVS301

Our oceans regulate and drive climate change, whilst the coastal and shelf environments experience some of the greatest impacts of climate change. This unit provides students with a comprehensive understanding of these interactions and impacts on a range of scales (ocean basin to regional coast) and time scales (past millennia to future decades). The unit is taught in four modules: ocean basin climate; palaeoclimatology and palaeoceanography of ocean basins; shelf oceanography; and near-shore and coastal climate change.

Module 1 is based on coupled ocean-atmosphere processes and investigates the changes in the thermohaline circulation, sea-surface temperatures, ocean gyres and eddies, surface wind-fields, marine clouds and precipitation, and storm tracks.

Module 2 investigates the past circulation of the ocean and atmosphere, including: palaeo wind-fields; palaeo sea-level changes; palaeo sea-surface temperature and salinity; and palaeo changes in climate modes such as ENSO.

Module 3 focuses on the ocean basin boundary currents, and wave climate change, with a strong focus on the eastern margin of Australia.

Module 4 examines large-scale coastal behaviour in response to climate change, such as wave climate change, sea-level change, coastal winds, coastal precipitation, and freshwater discharge and their alteration of sediment transport paths.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Ian Goodwin

(39cp at 100 level or above) including (ENVE216 or ENVS216 or GEOS216Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ENVE301, GEOS301
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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