ESS 572: Earth Systems Science

Synonym:

63869 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

James Jordan

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Wednesdays 9/2 - 12/9 (1:00PM-3:59PM)

Description:

Planetary Dynamics
Competency Areas: Biosphere Science - Required Restricted to ES students.
*Section A restricted to students who register for ESF 550, Community Ecology, Section A.

This course employs a systems approach to understanding earth?s physical and biological environment by examining the large-scale components and processes of the earth system. Understanding the interaction of these elements and their natural variability in space and time is critical for assessing the rates, drivers, and consequences of environmental change. Content will emphasize climate change dynamics, biogeochemical cycles, and land use patterns and their feedback relationships with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, pedosphere and biosphere.