The Atmospheric Environment

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Atmospheric Environment

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Climatology/Meteorology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENVE117 or GEOS117 or GEOS112 or 3 credit points in PHYS units at 100 level

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit provides an introduction to the major atmospheric, oceanic and other environmental processes that are responsible for our weather and climate. The unit builds on themes introduced in ENVE117 and GEOS112 with a focus on Australian region weather and climate. Specific themes include: atmospheric energy, wind systems, water in the atmosphere, meteorological analysis of weather systems and weather forecasting. Severe weather events such as tropical cyclones, thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes are discussed, and each year an operational meteorologist will contribute to our teaching program. Besides the regular lectures, online training modules are available to enhance the understanding of lecture topics. Assessment tasks in the unit include peer discussion, project-based reports and formal examination. While mathematical skills at HSC level are beneficial to completing some of the assessment tasks in the unit, conceptual understanding of weather and climate phenomena is emphasized.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.