SCIE5505 Global Change and the Marine Environment

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Content
This unit examines the concept of global change and its drivers, and focuses on how global change affects the ocean ecosystem. Students learn about ocean warming, acidification, eutrophication, increased UVB radiation, habitat modification and the emission of pollutants, as well as the complex interactions between them. The impacts on the ocean ecosystem are examined both globally and regionally, with particular attention to Australia, as well as other sensitive regions. The unit also evaluates different strategies to mitigate the impacts of global change on ocean ecosystems. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a research project in small groups, as well as to participate in debates and colloquiums that allow a better grasp on the uncertainties at forecasting the trajectories of marine ecosystems under global change.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the concept of global change and differentiate this process from previous processes of change in the Earth system; (2) analyse the complex interactions between different drivers of global change; (3) assess the uncertainties in forecasts of future trajectories of marine ecosystems under global change; (4) compare the relative impact of global change in different marine regions and extract the traits of these regions that render them more or less vulnerable; and (5) analyse the effectiveness of actions to mitigate the impacts of global change in the marine environment.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) the execution and presentation of a research project; (2) participation in debates and colloquiums; and (3) essays which synthesise the key concepts in the unit. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Thomas Wernberg
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
honours in the Faculty of Science
Contact hours
7 hours per week for 6 weeks
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