Synopses & Reviews
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING OUR CHANGING EARTH, offers a unique approach to teaching both Earth Science and Environmental Science, by incorporating an Earth Systems approach. Created by the American Geological Institute with funding support from the National Science Foundation, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING OUR CHANGING EARTH shows the interconnected nature of the Earth systems and builds a foundation for life-long learning. An interdisciplinary environmental science curriculum that emphasizes Earth systems helps students develop the underlying science and knowledge that forms the foundation for understanding and policy discussion. Moreover, the critical component of environmental science is the focus on how earth systems interact with human society. This subject uniquely ties the physical sciences with social sciences, constituting a unique opportunity to demonstrate the widest application of science to life. Within this context of human interaction is the need to address concepts of risk and cost-benefit. Students will be taught to understand the process of decision-making made by policy-makers when using earth system information.
"Outstanding, one of the best texts I have recently read! The topics are loaded with examples and the material is current and of interest to students, making reading entertaining! Concepts are explained clearly with adequate examples to illustrate the concepts."
About the Author
The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 45 geoscientific and professional organizations that represents more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources and interaction with the environment.
Table of Contents
Part I: EARTH AND ITS ENVIRONMENTS. 1. Earth Systems. 2. Ecology. 3. Human Population. 4. Environmental Change. Part II. LIVING AT EARTH SYSTEM INTERFACES. 5. Coasts. 6. Watersheds and Rivers. 7. Weather and Storms. 8. Urban Environments. Part III. LIVING WITH A DYNAMIC EARTH. 9. Restless Earth. 10. Volcanoes. 11. Earthquakes. 12. Unstable Land. Part IV. DEPENDING ON THE EARTH. 13. Water. 14. Using Earth's Soil. 15. Using Earth's Energy Resources. 16. Mining. 17. Can you see the future?