University of Technology Sydney

91540 Climate Change and Ecological Modelling

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Climate change and climate variability have significant impacts on natural and social systems of vegetation, water and industry. Modelling of environmental systems, including climate, provides means for prediction of climate regimes, evaluation of possible impacts of climatic change, and for optimisation of natural resources management in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

The objectives of this subject are to develop students' knowledge of climate change science, techniques of data analysis and process simulation, which enhance students' ability to evaluate and use a range of models and model frameworks to understand and research specific environmental issues. The aim of the section on climate change is to introduce students to terminology and details of the climate system, and to provide an introduction to the details of climate science and climate modelling. The aim of the ecological modelling section is to introduce knowledge of ecological responses to climate change, the system approach of ecological modelling and basic mathematical modelling techniques suited to environmental processes. Students learn techniques to apply software of ecological models to simulate plant production and water use.

This subject introduces students to modelling of environmental systems and, in particular, the principles associated with developing and using climate and ecological models. The physical basis of the climate system is introduced and factors affecting climatic change are addressed. Students build their knowledge of the physical aspects of the climate system as well as associated biogeochemical cycles (carbon and nitrogen cycling) and ecohydrology. This subject links with other subjects, such as 91541 Monitoring Ecological Variability, which introduce methodologies of data acquisition.

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March session, City campus
August session, City campus

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