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Earth System Science as Foundation for Further Disciplinary Study

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Earth system science provides an excellent foundation for further study in the physical and biological sciences. The role of a foundation course is to ground a future course of increasingly specialized study in a broad framework framing the Earth sciences within an interactive system that engages the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and space.

Equally important, Earth system courses lend themselves to the use of global-scale data sets. Through data manipulation and analysis, students familiarize themselves with the wide range of remote-sensing techniques used by Earth system scientists, and gain understanding of the spatial and temporal scales at which analyses take place.

For sample syllabi, images, assignments and resources, see the website on Earth System Science (more info) by Dr. Steven K. Boss, University of Arkansas

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