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GEOS4413 Environmental Geoscience

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Environmental Science; Geology; Marine Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
The interactions between Earth surface processes, including physical, chemical and biological drivers, have led to the development and evolution of individual landforms and regional scale landscapes over a range of temporal and spatial scales. These geomorphic features record both current landforms and the geological record of past landscapes and provide an opportunity to investigate the geological records of Earth surface processes in relation to environmental change, including the interpretation and use such records to reconstruct landforms, landscapes and landscape evolution. The unit will focus on how surface environments evolved over the last two to three million years, and critically, how they may change in the future. We will also look at the influences and core drivers of landscape evolution such as climate, tectonics, seismic and volcanic activity, vegetation and ecology, ice sheets and glaciers; and oceans and sea level.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of both key scientific concepts concerning surface and near-surface environments and the geological processes operating in these settings; (2) apply geoscientific knowledge and practical skills to the characterisation of terrain systems, the resolution of problems related to dynamic geomorphology, and/or the prediction of future behaviour marine, coastal and terrestrial landforms.; and (3) communicate to academic peers and general audiences the environmental template that landforms and landscapes provide for both human society and natural ecosystem and the impact future climate change may have on these geomorphic features.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory work and practical exercises and (2) a project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mick O'Leary
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Advisable prior study:
a Geology major or equivalent
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
Lectures and practical work. There may be a one-day field trip (TBC)
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