MEA 100 - Introduction to Earth System Science
Course URL: http://courses.ncsu.edu/classes/mea100/Public/homepage.html
The goal of Earth System Science is to obtain a scientific understanding of the entire Earth system on a global scale by describing how its component parts and their interactions have evolved, how they function, and how they may be expected to continue to evolve on all timescales. The challenge to Earth System Science is to develop the capability to predict those changes that will occur in the next decade to century, both naturally and in response to human activity.
- Develop a basic understanding of the major components and processes of the four primary Earth systems;
- Recognize linkages between the Earth systems;
- Develop an understanding of dynamic equilibrium and feedback loops between and among the Earth systems;
- Develop an insight for the anthropogenic influences on the Earth systems;
- Learn to use computer simulations to model behavior of the Earth systems.
The text for the class is
- The Earth System, Lee R. Kump, James F. Kasting, and Robert G Crane; Prentice Hall, 2nd Ed., 2004.
Test 2 - 100
Test 3 - 100
Term Project - 50
Pop Quizzes - 50
Final Exam - 150
Lab - 150
Total - 700 points
References and Notes:
A Gateway to Earth System Science Resources
Prentice Hall's Earth on the Internet: A Field Guide for Geoscience Students