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Geography 597.99 Integrated Earth Systems

Course Type:
Earth Systems Science

Course Size:


Introduction to numerous global change issues through the exploration of the integrated Earth system; problem-solving strategies within an interdisciplinary team environment.

Course Context:

This course, offered Winter 2004 at The Ohio State University, is a lecture course offered in the Department of Geography. The class has 2 hour-and-a-half lectures per week (Monday and Wednesday) and 2 2-hour recitation sessions per week (students attend either Tuesday or Thursday).

Course Content:

This class addresses topics such as key environmental issues facing the 21 century, Earth's ecosystems, deforestation and loss of biodiversity, and human population and dynamics.

Teaching Materials:

There is one required text for this course:

Other Print Resources:

Additional Resources:

  1. Sustaining the Earth - Companion Site
    This web site offers tutorials, quizzes, etc. for the textbook.
  2. Info Trac - this is a free online library available for 4 months after the student activates it with the information provided with the textbook. Info Trac links to many scientific articles related to the topics that you will cover in the textbook. To activate an account log into Info Trac and enter the passcode included in the textbook.

The website also contains the lecture syllabus and the recitation syllabus. There are also links to Lecture notes, quiz answers and study guides.


References and Notes:

NOAA's National Climate Data Center (more info)

U.S. Global Change Research Program (more info)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (more info)

The OSU Ice Core Paleoclimate Research Group (more info)

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