ANTA102-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Antarctica: The Cold Continent

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

This introductory course explores the evolution of the Antarctic continent, the dynamics of polar ice, the drivers of weather and climate in Antarctica, the circulation of the Southern Ocean, astronomy and human interaction with the polar region including the history of exploration and intriguing legal issues.

Summary of Course Content
• Geological evolution of the Antarctic
• Dynamics of Antarctic ice
• Antarctic weather and climate
• Atmospheric physics, the ozone hole and climate change
• Astronomy and the role of the polar regions
• History of Antarctic exploration
• Energy service systems in extreme environments

Learning Outcomes

  • The goal of this course is to give students a broad understanding of the physical characteristics of and the human interactions with Antarctica. This is achieved by introducing students to topics within the disciplines of geology, geography, history, physics and glaciology of the South Polar region, with a theme of global climate change running through the course.

    By course completion students will be able to:
  • Describe and understand the physical characteristics of Antarctica;
  • Begin to question how the Antarctic is a driver of and responder to climate change;
  • Begin to develop personal ideas on the value of maintaining Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science;
  • Understand the role of energy service systems in supporting the activities in Antarctica, the proportionate energy demand for different services and the issues for sustainability.

Restrictions

INCO103, ANTA101, ANTA112

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:00 - 09:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 08:00 - 09:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 24 Feb
4 Mar - 10 Mar
18 Mar - 24 Mar
1 Apr - 7 Apr
6 May - 12 May
20 May - 26 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00 Rehua 009 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 25 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May
27 May - 2 Jun
02 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 25 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May
27 May - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 25 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May
27 May - 2 Jun
04 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 25 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May
27 May - 2 Jun

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assessment 1 12.5%
Assessment 2 12.5%
Assessment 3 12.5%
Assessment 4 12.5%
Exam 50%


A two hour exam worth 50% and 4 internal assesments worth 12.5% each.  

Details of the actual internal assesment will be provided in the course outline but topics are likley to include:
• Glaciology
• Weather and Climate
• Geology
• Astronomy

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Berkman, Paul Arthur; Science into policy : global lessons from Antarctica; Academic Press, 2002.

Chaturvedi, Sanjay; The polar regions : a political geography; Published in association with the Scott Polar Research Institute by J. Wiley, 1996.

Crossley, Louise , Australian Antarctic Foundation., Australian Surveying and Land Information Group; Explore Antarctica; Cambridge University Press, 1995.

McGonigal, David , Woodworth, Lynn; Antarctica : the blue continent; Random House New Zealand, 2002.

Riffenburgh, Beau; Encyclopedia of the Antarctic; Routledge, 2007.

Waterhouse, E. J. , Antarctica New Zealand; Ross Sea region 2001 : a state of the environment report for the Ross Sea region of Antarctica; New Zealand Antarctic Institute (Antarctica New Zealand), 2001.

No Textbook Required.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.

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