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Climatology part of Courses
This course is designed to help students gain a scientific understanding of the physical aspects of Earth's climate system and the factors that influence climate change. We explore the global balance of energy ...

Modeling Earth and Environmental Systems part of Courses
In this course, students will build and use models of climatic, hydrologic, geochemical, and human systems, explore the basic concepts of systems modeling, use models to test hypotheses, and find out about the ...

The Earth's Climate System part of Courses
This course will be taught once per year. It provides an introduction to the climate system through lectures, labs, discussions and activities. It uses lecture and inquiry based activities to help students gain ...

Environmental Systems Theory part of Courses
Course begins with an exploration of chaos and complex systems theory as an antidote to the equilibrium thinking most students have been taught. This includes the logistic model as a basic definition of chaos ...

Systems Modeling and Assessment for Policy part of Courses
This course explores how scientific information can be used to inform policy decision‐making processes through the use of quantitative modeling techniques. Incorporates both hands‐on analysis and practice using ...

Earth System and Climate part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
An introduction to global climate change with an Earth Systems approach. The focus will be current climate change put into the context of climate change at a geologic time scale.

World Natural Environments part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
World Natural Environments is an entry level introduction to physical geography course, covering weather/climate, geomorphology, hydrology and biogeography. The course is based on five case studies (Weather and ...

Oceanography part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
This course examines the oceans and related marine environments from a Earth System science perspective. Selected selected oceanic settings will serve as the focal point for a more in-depth examination of ocean ...

Introduction to Earth Systems Science part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
This course is an introduction to Earth Systems Science. Earth Systems Science is the study of the complex interrelationships between materials and energy in the atmosphere and in the solid, fluid, and living ...



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