GEOG206 - Climate Change: Past, Present and Future

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face in the twenty-first century. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to our planet’s climate system, and examines what is driving current and future climate changes. The first half of this unit focuses on understanding climate, including Earth’s atmospheric system, the greenhouse effect, the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, monsoon activity, climate feedbacks, ‘tipping points’ and rapid climate change. Recent developments in climate change, based on paleo, historical and modelling research, is presented and critically evaluated. The second half of this unit focuses on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and society, including biodiversity, island communities, health, economics, geopolitics, and the human dimensions of vulnerability and resilience. Finally, this unit will consider a range of responses to climate change, focusing on international environmental treaties, international and Australian policy approaches to global warming, and mitigation and adaptation strategies.