Climate Change: Process, History, Issues (AFNR5801)


This unit provides students with an overview of current debates and approaches to understanding and quantifying interactions between the biosphere, oceans and atmosphere, as used around the world, and the consequences of those interactions for climate. The unit considers climate change on a variety of timescales. This unit will include a weekend field trip to Snowy Mountains field sites managed by the University of Sydney where students will be introduced to cutting edge, ongoing climate change research.

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18 hrs lecture/tutorial, 12 hrs practical/field classes, 9 hrs field trip preparation


2hr exam (40%), tutorials (20%), practical report from field exercise (manuscript format) (40%)


A reading list will be provided consisting of selected book chapters, journal articles and other publications

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

A basic understanding of climate change processes and issues.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.