AOSS 172 - Global Change: The Sustainability Challenge
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS)
Department: CoE Climate and Space
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, ID, QR/2
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Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan. Satisfies the geography requirement for State of Michigan certification for social studies teachers. W.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Global environmental change encompasses the rapid, interconnected changes now occurring in the Earth system — its climate, human population, resources, and ecosystems. Global Change II — Human Impacts guides students in learning about our natural world and the role of human activities in shaping and changing the environment. Global Change II is an interdisciplinary, team-taught and web-supported introduction to the human dimensions of global change. You will study the recent, explosive growth of the human population, our impacts on land, air, and water resources, modern energy and climate policy and pressures on biological diversity, produced by recent human advances in technology and institutions. The course concludes by considering the political and policy considerations relevant to the transition to a more sustainable future. Global Change II is suitable for all students and assumes no prior background. It can be taken without prior enrollment in Global Change I, its companion course on the physical processes. Homework and laboratories make extensive use of computers to perform spatial analysis, develop quantitative reasoning skills, help students learn to write critically, and promote personal interaction with the faculty. This course is one of three core courses required for the Global Change Minor. Three lecture periods each week and one 2-hour lab/discussion per week. Grades will be based on weekly lab exercises, course participation, a web poster project, midterms, and a final exam. In Global Change II you will learn, among other topics, about: Human Population Growth Its History and Social Influences Detection of Global Environmental Change Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Human Impacts on Resources Human Appropriation of the Earth's Energy, Water and Food Resources Energy and Climate Issues Urban and Industrial Environments Deforestation and Desertification Biodiversity Achieving Sustainable Development Economics of Development International Treaties and Government Our Common Future Models of the Future

AOSS 172 - Global Change: The Sustainability Challenge
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