Physics doesn’t lie so why is there so much heat and controversy generated by this debate?

The science behind global warming has been developing for over 150 years and many climate scientists have spent much of their careers in investigating and trying to understand the physical processes involved and the implications for the future. If you are confused about the competing claims with respect to climate change, here is your chance to interact with some of the world experts in their fields from the ANU on the actual science associated with climate change and its impacts.

Audio and pdf versions of the presentations will be made available online through the CCE student portal.

The contents of the course make it suitable to be considered for Professional Development for those people who are working in the areas of climate change such as mitigation, adaptation and health and a certificate of attendance will be provided. 

Week 1:

Weather and climate basics - Clem Davis

  • Why do we get weather?
  • The difference between weather and climate
  • How do we categorize climate and climate of Australia?

Climate drivers of Australia and the world and their impact - Emeritus Professor Janette Lindesay

  • ENSO, IOD, SAM, monsoons, ocean currents

Week 2:

Week 3: 

  • Micro climates. How do they affect us? - Margi Bohm
  • Local climate change: What is happening in the Canberra region? - Clem Davis

Week 4:

  • What are the likely future impacts on humans and ecosystems and how do we respond? Eg health, survival, fires, food security, infrastructure etc   Mitigation, Adaptation - Professor Mark Howden
  • Climate change and health - Dr Liz Hanna

Week 5:

Week 6

This course will be presented by ANU academics who are experts in this field.

Links to ANU Presenters