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Why study Earth system science?
Understanding climate change requires that you understand that Earth is a comprehensive system of dynamic, interacting components. Furthermore, understanding how the Earth system works is essential for preparing you to make informed decisions about how to manage, protect, and sustain our planet and its natural resources.
What will I learn?This unit will introduce you to many of the complex issues surrounding the Earth as a system and will help you to look at Earth in a new wayas a living system. You will learn to identify the parts of the Earth system and the processes that connect them at the local, regional, and global scales.
Key QuestionsKey Questions addressed by this unit include:
- What is Earth System Science?
- How can we describe Earth as a system?
- How are energy and matter exchanged among the four main components of the Earth system (atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere)?
- How does the Earth system change over time?
- How is life affected by changes in the Earth system?