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91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change

6cp; block, plus 7-day excursion
Requisite(s): (((96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10227 Bachelor of Environmental Forensics OR 96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10228 Bachelor of Marine Biology OR 96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10115 Bachelor of Biomedical Science OR 96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10172 Bachelor of Biotechnology OR 96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10184 Bachelor of Medical Science OR 96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90677 144cp Life Sciences stream BSc)) OR 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): CBK90572 96cp Major choice Chemistry BSc )
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.

Description

Marine ecosystems are supported by the energy derived from its primary producers. With the continuing increase in anthropogenic CO­2 emissions, the need for understanding the processes that underpin primary production are necessary to better understand how climate change impacts marine ecosystems. Students investigate the drivers of primary production in essential marine ecosystems (oceanic phytoplankton; coastal and intertidal; seagrass, mangrove and coral communities; sea-ice and benthic microalgae), and explore how rising atmospheric CO2 and climate change are threatening the ecosystem functioning and services of our marine environment. Students are introduced to a diversity of methods commonly employed to estimate primary production and compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Students also explore the capacity of marine primary producers for adaptation to global change conditions and critically examine climate change solutions.

This subject is an excursion-based subject predominantly taught on Heron Island, with some laboratory practicals and lectures presented on campus during Spring session.

Typical availability

July session, City campus

Footnote(s)

91156 runs every day (3rd year). Places in this subject are limited. Preference is given to environmental science students.


Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

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