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The course explores the fundamental principles and applications of knowledge related to the surface of the earth in the sub-disciplines of geomorphology, climatology and hydrology. Systems studied include landforms, glaciers, climate, and rivers. The main objective of the course is to explain the spatial and temporal characteristics, and the interaction between these systems in an interdisciplinary manner by drawing extensively from New Zealand examples.
The aim of this course is to investigate a range of physical environmental processes affecting the surface and the sub-surface of the Earth. It covers the fundamental scientific principles underpinning three important branches of physical geography, namely:- Geomorphology;- Climatology;- Glaciology.Although physical geography has been traditionally sliced into several sub-disciplines, the course also aims to discuss interactions and relationships between different spheres of physical geography. The concepts taught in this course provide the conceptual basis for the course GEOG211: Environmental Processes: Research Practice. It is strongly recommended that you take GEOG211 as an accompanying course to GEOG201.
By the end of the course you should:1. Have gained an understanding of physical environmental processes affecting the Earth’s surface; 2. Be able to understand the concepts that drive geomorphology, climatology, and glaciology; 3. Have gained some familiarity with analysis techniques commonly used in the three sub-disciplines
Any 30 points of 100-level Geography, or entry with approval of the Head of Department
GEOG201 prior to 2009.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
, Prof. Jamie Schulmeister
and Heather Purdie
Domestic fee $850.00
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.