Climatology (Climate Science) Online Course

Climatology Course Online
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Qualification Certificate
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
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Climate Science is literally the hottest topic on the planet today. Often the science gets overwhelmed by politics and this course takes an unbiased line to lift the fog and teach the complexities.  Study Climatology in this 100 hour online course and on completion you will understand all the key scientific concepts and theories as well as having a grasp of the politics behind the news. You will understand approaches toward mitigating future effects of climate change on many levels; personal, household, Government (local, state or provincial, national and International levels), Industrial and academic.

This course is suitable for:

  • Environmental officers who need a clearer understanding of climate science and those who need to meet government training criteria
  • Teachers and educators
  • Local government staff, especially those involved in planning and environmental services
  • NGOs
  • Landcare, national trust, Greenpeace and all environmental organisations
  • Higher education students who need to fill a gap in their curriculum
  • Anybody with an interest in the future of the planet

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Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

1. Nature and Scope of Climatology

  • Understanding how climate and weather affects us
  • What makes up weather?
  • How do we measure weather?

2. Nature and Scope of Climatology

  • Solar Radiation
  • Temperature
  • Precipitation
  • Deposition
  • Humidity
  • Clouds

3. Circulation Patterns

  • Pressure Systems
  • Atmospheric Pressure
  • Pressure and Temperature
  • Latitudinal Circulation
  • Air masses
  • Wind
  • Trade Wind
  • The Beaufort Scale of Wind Speed
  • Frontal Systems
  • Oceanic circulation
  • Longitutinal Circulation
  • Southern Oscillation
  • Ocean Gyres

4. Climate Classifications & Patterns

  • Types of Climates
  • Arid or Desert
  • Subtropical
  • Tropical
  • Temperate
  • Mediterranean
  • Coastal
  • Factors Which Influence Climate
  • Latitude
  • Wind Direction
  • Topography
  • Altitude
  • Aspect
  • Geographical Location
  • 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

5. Atmospheric Dynamics

  • Introduction to Atmosphere Composition
  • Purpose of the Atmosphere
  • Seasonal Variations
  • Vertical Structure of Atmosphere
  • Precipitation
  • Precipitation Processes and Other Events
  • Cloud Dynamics
  • Storms
  • Thunderstorms
  • Cyclones, Typhoons and Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • METAR Codes for Precipitation Processes
  • Aerosols and Climate Processes
  • Indirect Effects of Aerosols

6. Climate Changes

  • Factors that Cause or Influence Climate Change
  • Natural Causes
  • The Sun
  • Earth’s Orbit
  • Earth’s Axis
  • Oceanic Circulation
  • Oceanic Carbon Dioxide
  • Magnetic Field
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanic Activities
  • Asteroids, Comets or Meteorite Impact
  • Manmade Causes or Anthropogenic Influences
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Agriculture
  • Deforestation
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Other Pollution
  • Different Types of Climate Change Events
  • Glaciation and Ice Loss
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Ocean Warming and Sea Levels
  • Permafrost
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • zone Depletion
  • Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect

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)
  • Statistical Methods
  • Long and Short Range Forecasting
  • Understanding Forecasting Models
  • Simple Models
  • Tropical Cyclone Forecast Model
  • General Circulation MOdel (GCM)
  • Regional Climate Modelling
  • Collection and Applications of Weather and Climate Data
  • Weather Mapping
  • Satellite
  • Radar
  • Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
  • Verification Methods
  • Methods of Standard Verification

8. Climatology Problem Based Learning Project

  • Management Processes
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Leading
  • Controlling
  • Business Plans – Preparing a Plan
  • Decision Making
  • What to Plan for
  • Risk
  • Risk Analysis
  • Ways to Manage Risk
  • PROJECT PLAN

When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.

Course Tutor(s)

Theja Abayarathna

Bachelor of Science (Zoology) (Hons), M.Phil. PhD (UTS) current.

I am currently doing my PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Technology Sydney. My research is centered around the effects of climate change on the hatchling velvet gecko population in Australia. This involves collecting wild gravid geckos and incubating their eggs under laboratory conditions. Through exposure to a variety of incubation temperature treatments, I have operationalized my investigation which aims to determine the effect of higher temperatures on hatchling geckos. I am currently in stage 3 of research, which comprises writing a thesis and developing manuscripts for publishing. Prior to my present endeavors within the scientific field, I have also successfully completed a B.Sc. degree, majoring in Zoology, (specialised field: Wildlife Management) with first-class honors and an M.Phil. Degree in Life Sciences. My passion has always been teaching and thus I have worked for seven years as a lecturer at various universities. I love helping students with their own studies.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.

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Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.