Course level





Earth and Environment Sc Schl




One Semester

Delivery mode


Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours



Recommended prerequisite


Minimum enrolment quota of 15 students.

Assessment methods

Examination, Research report, Research oral presentation

Course coordinator

Prof Hamish McGowan (

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Course description

This course focuses on the meteorology of the tropical & sub-tropical regions of Australia. Building on knowledge gained in GEOS2100 and GEOS2101 students will learn about land & water surface - atmosphere interactions over a wide range of different environments from the desert regions of central Australia to the Great Barrier Reef. Students will develop understanding of how exchanges of heat, moisture and momentum between the earth's surface and atmosphere effect the meteorology of the tropics and sub-tropics including sea breezes, thunderstorms, tropical cyclones & the monsoon. The influence of El Nino and La Nina on the meteorology of tropical & sub-tropical Australia will be explored in this course along with potential impacts of global warming.

Please note: This course has a minimum quota of 15 students.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile