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EA5018 - Field Studies in Tropical Land and Water Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This is a field-based one-week intensive course that provides a practical introduction to hydrological, water quality, regolith and soil issues of the tropics. Our laboratory is Far North Queensland, with all its geologically and climatically diverse landscapes, including the Great Barrier Reef catchments. We study the natural processes and human impacts on the amount and quality of water flowing through rivers and aquifers. Topics include landscape water balance, hydrological monitoring and modelling, aquifer properties, transport and transformations of nutrients and contaminants, water quality assessment in the field and laboratory, soil erosion and degradation, dryland and irrigation salinity and water regulation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge of key processes influencing tropical hydrology and soils;
  • Develop enquiring approach;
  • Gain awareness of the water issues facing natural resources managers in the tropics;
  • Acquire up-to-date skills in assessing water quantity and quality.


Cairns, Limited, Study Period 6
Census Date 27-Jun-2019
Face to face teaching 08-Jul-2018 to 13-Jul-2018
Coordinator: Dr HanShe Lim
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson, Dr HanShe Lim.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 7 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 40 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: quizzes or tests (10%); presentations (10%); assignments (65%); school-administered final exam (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.