GEO503 Climatology (8)


This subject covers the major topics of climate science. Fundamental energy and water exchanges are covered for several different climate surface types with a focus on evaporation. Processes at a larger scale are then explored to explain the major influences of climate and weather on the Australian landscape. The subject has no residential school. The final section of the subject builds on this framework so that on completion students will have an in-depth understanding of contemporary climatic variability and climate change processes.

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Session 2
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GEO503
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
GEO303 GEO303 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad and coherent understanding of a range of fundamental climate processes such as energy and mass exchanges
  • have advanced knowledge of the differences between climates of simple non-vegetated surfaces to those of vegetated surfaces
  • have advanced knowledge of weather systems in Australia and global climatology
  • be able to explain previous climate change and variability
  • be able to critically discuss the scientific basis of climate change predictions and models and recent developments in this area


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Part 1 Boundary layer climates (i.e. climatic processes at micro and local scale)
  • Part 2 Macro and meso-scale climatology and meteorology
  • Part 3 Climate change and variability


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.