Climate science is the study of atmospheric conditions, and along with the earth’s energy dynamics, play a major role in what influences the everyday conditions of our environment. This course is ideal for those interested in climate and seeking to enhance their professional development including farmers; horticulturists; engineers; and environment, land and natural resource managers.
The Certificate of Climate Scienceis an online program that will give you a solid understanding of how factors like wind, temperature, air pressure and water vapour can affect climatic conditions.
In this professional development course, you will explore the nature and scope of climatology, weather science foundations, factors that influence climate, and climate patterns and classification models including those of Koppen, Thornwaite and Bergeron.
You will also study circulation patterns, atmospheric dynamics, factors that cause or influence climate change and the applications of climate change, and then prepare your own problem-based learning project.
On completion of this course, you will have a basic understanding of how atmospheric conditions along with the sun’s radiation and the earth’s movement, control the conditions that are vital for all life on earth.
Unit - Climate Science
Unit 1 – Nature and scope of climatology
Introduction to climatology and meteorology
Understanding how climate and weather affects us
What makes up our weather?
How do we measure weather?
Unit 2 – Weather science foundations
Unit 3 – Circulation patterns
Pressure and temperature
The beaufort scale of wind speed
Unit 4 – Climate classifications and patterns
Types of climates
Factors which influence climate
Climates classification models
Koppen climate classification
Thornwaite climatic classification system
Bergeron climatic classification system
Spatial synpotic classification (ssc)
Other global classification systems
Holdridge life zone system
Unit 5 – Atmospheric dynamics
Introduction to atmosphere composition
Purpose of the atmosphere
Vertical structure of atmosphere
Precipitation processes and other events
Cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes
Metar codes for precipitation processes
Aerosols and climate processes
Indirect effects of aerosols
Unit 6 – Climate changes
Factors that cause or influence climate change
Oceanic carbon dioxide
Asteroids, comets or meteorite impact
Manmade causes or anthropogenic influences
Different types of climate change events
Glaciation and ice loss
Flora and fauna
Ocean warming and sea levels
Extreme weather events
Global warming and the greenhouse effect
Unit 7 – Applications of climate Science
Evolution of methods and techniques of weather forecasting
Early methods & simple techniques
Modern forecasting approaches
Synoptic (traditional) forecasting
Numerical weather prediction (NWP)
Long and short range forecasting
Understanding forecasting models
Tropical cyclone forecast model
General circulation model (GCM)
Regional climate modelling
Collection and applications of weather & climate data
Tropical rainfall measuring mission (TRMM)
Methods of standard verification
Unit 8 – Climatology Problem Based Learning Project
Business plans – preparing a plan
What to plan for
Ways to manage risk
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.