Unit

School Of Science And Health

Biological Adaptation to Climate ChangeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300909.1

Discipline: ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Justin Welbergen


Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 40 credit points at Level 2.


Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2019 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Justin Welbergen  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit investigates how organisms respond to variation in climate and what can be done to reduce their vulnerability to anthropogenic climate change. The unit makes use of a novel conceptual framework that defines ‘vulnerability’ as a function of the ‘exposure’ and ‘sensitivity’ of organisms to climate change. Therefore, we will begin by exploring how organisms are exposed to climate change, from regional climatic changes acting at the scale of populations, to local climatological effects acting at the scale of individuals. Next, we will examine what determines the sensitivity of organisms, focusing on the physiological, behavioural, and life-history traits that affect the ability of organisms to cope with and adapt to climate change. Then, we will show how exposure and sensitivity combine to determine the vulnerability of organisms, including in both managed and natural ecosystems. Finally, we will discuss the ‘mitigation’ and ‘adaptation’ strategies that can prevent the worst of the potential impacts from becoming realised and help protect our biodiversity in the face of anthropogenic climate change.


Courses
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2786.3Bachelor of BusinessCURRENT
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3658.6Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of ArtsCURRENT
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3669.2Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)CONTINUING
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3671.1Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)CONTINUING
3671.2Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)CURRENT
3673.1Bachelor of Medical ScienceCONTINUING
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6002.2Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical ScienceCURRENT
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Specialisations

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KP3026.1General ProgramCONTINUING
KP3027.1General ProgramCURRENT
KT3090.1Biological ScienceCONTINUING
KT3092.1Environmental ScienceCONTINUING
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KT3128.1Biological ScienceCURRENT
KT3130.1Environmental ScienceCONTINUING
KT3134.1ZoologyCURRENT
KT3148.1Environmental ScienceCURRENT
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M3056.1ZoologyCONTINUING
M3078.1Climate ChangeCURRENT
M3079.1Conservation BiologyCURRENT
M3081.1Marine BiologyCURRENT
M3082.1ZoologyCURRENT
M4008.1Global Climate ChangeCURRENT
SM3048.1Climate ChangeCURRENT




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