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Earth is the warmest it has been for at least five centuries, and the surface of our planet is responding. From extreme floods and drought to landslides and soil erosion, the natural processes that shape Earth’s surface are tied to temperature and precipitation. As those change, the landscape reacts. People are beginning to feel the impacts, but in different ways depending on where they call home. In this course, we will investigate how climate change is altering landscapes and the natural processes that support them, highlighting all the ways that people are being affected today. Ultimately, we will develop an understanding of the consequences of climate change that connects physical processes with the geography of place. Specific topics include foundations of the Earth system, plate tectonics and the construction of landscapes, Earth materials, rivers and flooding, hillslope processes, coastal processes, and climate impacts on natural resources such as fresh water and soil. Labs will use local field sites and analytical exercises to evaluate recent cases that reflect an interaction of the landscape and climate. This course is in the Sediments and Life group for the Geosciences major.
Format: lecture/laboratory; The course will have a hybrid format, with lectures taking place on-line and labs meeting in-person. Labs will take place every other week for two hours, and we will virtually meet each week for discussion.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
written reports from laboratories and readings, class participation, a midterm and final exam
first year and second year students, Geosciences majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group B Electives - Sediments + Life