Earth System Science
An introduction to the study of the Earth using a systems approach. The focus will be on the subsystems (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere) and the dynamic interactions between them. The approach will be to develop an understanding of the balance that exists in the global environment as a result of the interactions between the systems. The course begins with a study of the Earth relative to the rest of the solar system, continues to a study of the various Earth systems and processes (plate tectonics, earthquakes, weather, oceans, etc.), and end with a study of global climate change.
For Dr. Fox's reflections on the course and its design, see Earth System Science: Role in the Program.
Syllabus (Microsoft Word 68kB Apr25 07)
For an example activity from this class, see Course Journal.
References and Notes:
I have been using The Blue Planet but got frustrated that it had not been updated to include information on recent geologic events. This year I am using Thompson/Turk Earth Science and the Environment.