Practical Report: Due 31 March 2020 (30% of final grade)
Students will be allocated to one of the following four regions within New South Wales: Illawarra-Shoalhaven; Metropolitan Sydney; North Coast; South East and Tablelands). Produce a 2-page fact sheet for public consumption which describes trends over the past few decades, and projections, both short-term (next two decades) and long-term (to 2070). An additional one page addendum should also be submitted (i.e. bringing the total assignment submission to 3 pages) which provides additional background information on the models used, sources of information and caveats around potential errors and variability in model projections.
The report will integrate the following tutorial tasks:
For Climate trends, use the Bureau of Meteorology data accessed in Tutorial Week 3:
For Climate Projections, use the NARCLIM down-scaled climate modelling results accessed in Tutorial Week 4:
For sea-level trends, use the resources provided in Tutorial Week 5
The report should be intelligible to the lay person, but clearly based on and referencing the best available science.
Reports will be graded with reference to:
- Concise graphical representation of trends
- Meaningful spatial representation of modelling results
- Clear interpretation of the results relevant to the general population
- Explanation of the basis for measurement and prediction
- Explanation of uncertainty
Climate Change Adaptation group report: Due 25 May 2020 (30% of grade)
This is a group report. You will provide an integrated regional vulnerability assessment for your region (allocated for the Practical report), and specific, implementable adaptation options for local and state government.
For the allocated region within New South Wales provide a precis of the potential impacts of climate change between now and 2070. In this section you may wish to reference the regional vulnerability assessments conducted by the NSW government (https://climatechange.environment.nsw.gov.au/Adapting-to-climate-change/Regional-vulnerability-and-assessment)
Informed by current NSW government strategy, you will address vulnerability and provide adaptation options for the four themes below:
- Infrastructure and Tourism
- Agriculture and water resources
- Human Health and emergency services
- Natural ecosystems and cultural heritage
Provide immediate, short term (2-5 years) and long-term (5-10 year) strategies for implementation. Maximum 3000 words.
Each on-line quiz will consist of 30 multiple choice questions, based solely on the lecture material. The quiz will be open for 1 hour including reading time, and accessed through iLearn.
Quiz 1 will cover material presented in lectures weeks 1-3 inclusive and will be held 11am on Monday Week 4 (15th March 2021)
Quiz 2 will cover material presented in lectures weeks 4,5 7 and 8 and will be held 11am on Monday Week 9 (3rd May 2021)
Quiz 2 will cover material presented in lectures weeks 9-12 inclusive and will be held 11am on Monday Week 13 (31st May 2021)