ENVS 2004/6204: Weather, Climate and Fire

Offered 2nd Semester Annually, Course Convenor: Nicholas Engerer

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It’s hard to imagine a more important collection of topics for Australian students interested environmental science to learn: weather, climate and fire. In a continent prone to extended droughts, vulnerable to high-based, low precipitation thunderstorms, and full of highly flammable vegetation - Australia’s economy and the lives of its citizens are heavily influenced by the intersection of these three categories.
— Nick Engerer
Northeasterly winds bring thick smoke over Canberra from fires in the Blue Mountains in 2013.

Northeasterly winds bring thick smoke over Canberra from fires in the Blue Mountains in 2013.

ENVS 2004, Weather, Climate and Fire is offered in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University.  I convene the course, with 2/3 of it being dedicated to meteorology and climatology topics, and the remaining 1/3 oriented around bushfires and instructed by expert Geoff Cary.

The course is structured around the key concepts in each of these elements, including: atmospheric processes; general circulation of the atmosphere; weather systems (particularly extreme events like floods and drought); climate variability; and how these drive the occurrence of bushfires across the Australian continent. 

Weather, Climate and Fire is designed to give students a solid understanding of meteorology and bushfires, and lead students into advanced third year courses in climatology, climate change, bushfire science and water resource management. Key components of the course are insights into ongoing research being undertaken at the ANU in the Fenner School and the Bushfire CRC.

If you're interested in taking the course, take a look at the ANU Course Page or the Study@ page.  If you're a postgraduate student, be sure to look for it's postgrad component ENVS6204