GEOS 103
Global Warming and Environmental Change Fall 2022
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 103 / GEOS 103

Class Details

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 wildfires, the natural processes that shape Earth’s surface are tied to temperature and precipitation. 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 geography. 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. We will also visit and engage with Black communities and community leaders across New England who are grappling with the unjust distribution of resources to mitigate climate impacts and who have been disproportionate bearers of environmental risk.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory
Limit: 48
Expected: 48
Class#: 1315
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: written reports from laboratories and readings, class participation, a midterm and final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first year and second year students, Geosciences majors and Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 103 Division III GEOS 103 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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