Learning Pathways - Climate Change Science

Description

This pathway is concentrated on understanding the biophysical nature of the climate system, and the biological and physical ramifications of climate change. This is done by focusing on the exchanges of energy and mass through the atmosphere, geosphere, cryosphere and biosphere. An appreciation is developed for the disparate temporal and spatial scales of these interactions as well as feedbacks within and between different components of the Earth system

Faculty

Nate Brunsel, Geography - Lead Faculty Member, Climate Change Science

Dave Braaten, Geography
Greg Cushman, History
Johannes Feddema, Geography
David Fowle, Geology
Dan Hirmas, Geography
William Johnson, Geography
Dave Mechem, Geography
Dave Rahn, Geography
Leigh Stearns, Geology
Donna Tucker, Geography
Cornelius (Kees) van der Veen, Geography
Joy Ward, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Resources

Suggested Courses

Atmospheric Science

ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology
A lecture and laboratory course introducing students to the atmosphere, weather and climate phenomena, and their controlling physical processes. Topics covered include: the structure of the atmosphere, energy and energy budgets, climate and climate change, air pollution, clouds and precipitation, pressure and wind systems, severe weather, and weather forecasting. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Stachnik, Justin
MW 12:30-01:45 PM SUM 427 - LAWRENCE
5 10319
LBN
TR 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 10321
LBN
TR 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 18268
LBN
WF 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 15951
LBN
TR 04:00-05:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 10322
LBN
MW 02:00-03:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 15401
LBN
MW 04:00-05:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 10320
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
5 18830
ATMO 321 Climate and Climate Change
This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of the Earth's physical climate. It introduces the basic scientific concepts underlying our understanding of our climate system. Particular emphasis is placed on energy and water balances and their roles in evaluating climate change. The course also evaluates the impact of climate on living organisms and the human environment. Finally, past climates are discussed and potential future climate change and its impact on humans is evaluated. (Same as GEOG 321.) Prerequisite: ATMO 105 or GEOG 104. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vanderveen, Cornelis
TR 02:30-03:45 PM LIN 401 - LAWRENCE
3 23541
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24964
ATMO 521 Microclimatology
A study of climatic environment near the earth-atmosphere interface. Consideration of rural climates in relation to agriculture and urban climates as influenced by air pollution and other factors. Emphasis is on physical processes in the lower atmosphere, distribution of atmospheric variables, the surface energy budget and water balance. (Same as GEOG 521.) Prerequisite: ATMO 105 and MATH 125. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Environmental Studies

EVRN 140 Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
This interdisciplinary course and laboratory sections survey the foundations of environmental understanding and the process of scientific discovery from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the history of environmental systems and life on earth, the discovery of biotic evolution, ecological change, and climate change. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to earth systems and the development of environmental understanding using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 140 and HIST 140.) LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
TR 09:30-10:45 AM JRP 150 - LAWRENCE
5 18506
LBN Brox, Ali
Cushman, Gregory
Vanderveen, Cornelis
F 09:00-10:50 AM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 21769
LBN
T 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20122
LBN
W 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20124
LBN
R 11:00-12:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20125
LBN
W 01:00-02:50 PM SNOW 316 - LAWRENCE
5 20123
EVRN 142 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization
This interdisciplinary course and its laboratory sections survey the history of humanity's relationship with the natural world over the long term from perspectives that combine the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences. Key topics include the evolution of Homo sapiens and cultural systems; the development of hunter, gatherer, fisher, agricultural, and pastoral lifeways; the ecology of colonialism and industrial civilization, and the emergence of ideological and ethical perspectives on the relationship between nature and culture. Laboratory sections apply the principles and methodologies of the humanities, physical, life and social sciences to the humanity's engagement with the global environment using historical and present-day examples. (Same as GEOG 142 and HIST 142.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Geography

GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography
The components of the physical environment are discussed in order to familiarize the student with their distributions and dynamic nature. Major topics include the atmosphere, landforms, soils, and vegetation together with their interrelationships and their relevance to human activity. This course and GEOG 105 together satisfy the laboratory science requirement. Both courses are required for geography majors. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM LIN 412 - LAWRENCE
3 11676
LEC
TR 11:00-12:15 PM LIN 412 - LAWRENCE
3 11673
LEC
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM LIN 412 - LAWRENCE
3 11674
LEC Johnson, William
TR 01:00-02:15 PM LIN 412 - LAWRENCE
3 11675
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 18835
GEOG 331 Regional Geomorphology of the United States
This course examines forces and processes affecting the earth's surface, and furthermore identifies and describes the physiographic regions that are the result of these processes. Special efforts are made to explore various photographic resources, satellite imagery, and internet sources or geomorphic data from a regional perspective since there is no wholly satisfactory text available for the course. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: An introductory earth science course or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 332 Glaciers and Landscape
Elements from glaciology, geology, and climatology are merged to examine the interactions between glaciers and their natural environments, including the processes involved in glacier formation, the relationship between glaciers and climate, the mechanisms of glacier flow, and interpretation of the Earth's glacial record. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to study environmental change and paleoclimate reconstruction. Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 335 Introduction to Soil Geography
This course focuses on the properties and processes of soils as they occur in their environment. The student is introduced to the nature of soil as it functions as a body; genesis of soils; properties of soil solids, especially colloids; soil chemical composition, properties, and reactions; interaction between solid, liquid, and gaseous components in soils; plant-soil-water relationships; biological interactions with soil; classification of soils; and the distribution of soils on the landscape. Not open to students who have taken EVRN 535 or GEOG 535. (Same as EVRN 335.) Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101 or consent of instructor; BIOL 100 and CHEM 130 or CHEM 190 recommended. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hirmas, Daniel
TR 08:00-09:15 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
4 24369
LBN
T 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
4 24370
LBN
W 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
4 24371
GEOG 535 Soil Geography
A broad study of the principles and properties of soils and their distribution on the landscape. Topics covered include: pedology, clay mineralogy, soil physics, soil chemistry, management of soils, soil biology, taxonomy, and soil geomorphology. Laboratory section and a field project are required. Not open to students who have taken GEOG 335 or EVRN 335. (Same as EVRN 535.) Prerequisite: GEOG 104 or GEOL 101 or consent of the instructor; BIOL 104 and CHEM 130 or 190 recommended. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hirmas, Daniel
TR 08:00-09:15 AM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
4 24372
LBN
W 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
4 24374
LBN
T 03:00-05:50 PM LIN 421 - LAWRENCE
4 24373
GEOG 538 Soil Chemistry
This course examines the chemical properties and processes of soils and methods of evaluation. Topics include solid and solution speciation, mineral solubility, soil colloidal behavior, ion exchange, surface complexation, soil salinity and sodicity, soil acidity, oxidation-reduction reactions, and kinetics of soil chemical processes. (Same as EVRN 538.) Prerequisite: GEOG 335 or GEOG 535 or EVRN 335 or EVRN 535, CHEM 135 or CHEM 195, MATH 125 or consent of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

GEOG 556 Geography of the Energy Crisis
A discussion and analysis of the basic facts and causes of energy problems on a national and world scale. Examines current production, consumption, efficiency, reserves, conservation, and other energy policy options, including adjustments that will affect consumer use, national politics, and strategic issues. Prerequisite: GEOG 102 or GEOG 375. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


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