GG1002:  Global Environmental Change and Natural Resources

Spring Semester, 2003

 

David Chapman and Rob Harris

Department of Geology and Geophysics

 

Readings and Exercises

 

Week 1              Global environmental change, concept of systems, feedback, residence time.

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 1, 2, 3

                          

Week 2              Human population system: growth, doubling time, population momentum.

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 5

 

Week 3              Solid earth systems and geologic cycles, plate tectonics - the big picture.

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 4

 

Week 4              Sustaining living resources, soil, and agriculture, world food supply,

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 10

 

Week 5              How many people can the Earth support?

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 10

                           Midterm 1

 

Week 6              Energy basics, fossil fuels, finite resources?

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 15,16

 

Week 7              Alternative energy sources: nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 17,18

 

Week 8              Water in the world

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 19

 

Week 9              Water pollution and cleanup

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 20

 

 

Week 10            Planetary surface energy balance, greenhouse effect, global warming.

                           Reading: "Environmental Science" Ch. 21

                           Midterm 2

 

Week 11            Atmospheric balance, evolution of the atmosphere, acid deposition, air pollution

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 22,23

 

 

Week 12            Ozone - friend and/or foe? Stratospheric ozone depletion.

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 24

 

Week 13            The urban environment

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 26

 

Week 14            Waste management, recycling, conservation Waste, recycling, conservation

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 27

 

Week 15            The future Topic: The future - dangers and solutions.

                           Reading: "Environmental Science": Ch. 29,30