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Systems Thinking & System Dynamics

The Earth System

There are several key concepts important to systems thinking and system dynamics that can be incorporated into an introductory geoscience course.

These include:

The links above explore each topic in enough detail so that you could start introducing these ideas into your course. References are also provided for those interested in exploring these ideas more deeply.


Resource List

  • Modeling the environment: an introduction to system dynamics models of environmental systems. (citation and description)
  • Earth's climate: past and future. Ruddiman, 2001 This book deals with the history and mechanisms of climate change. (citation and description)