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About Solar Reference Guide for Students
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The resource, "About Solar Reference Guide for Students" included in "Lesson 08 Power Resources" is a part of "Unit 05 Green Sustainable Facility Design" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 3

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
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Wholesale Solar
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Addressing Links Between Climate and Public Health in Alaska Native Villages
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As emissions of heat-trapping bases accumulate in our atmosphere, Earth's polar regions are warming more quickly than at lower latitudes. The rapid environmental changes that result from this warming can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of rural Alaskans: unpredictable weather and changes in the seasons have made harvesting food more difficult, hazardous, and stressful. The risk of physical injury has also increased, as poor ice, extreme weather, and coastal erosion bring new travel hazards. Increasingly difficult harvest conditions for fish, shellfish, berries, caribou, and sea mammals have also increased concerns about food security. Additionally, declines in snow pack, the threat of drought, changes in lake and river conditions, and damage and disruptions to community water systems have prompted concerns of water security. The climate-related challenge faced by Alaska’s tribal health system is to recognize new health stressors and community vulnerabilities, and then find healthy adaptation strategies in an increasingly uncertain future.

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Environmental sciences
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Case Study
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/09/2016
Agent Based Modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems (Basic)
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Our human society consists of many intertwined Large Scale Socio-Technical Systems (LSSTS), such as infrastructures, industrial networks, the financial systems etc. Environmental pressures created by these systems on Earth‰ŰŞs carrying capacity are leading to exhaustion of natural resources, loss of habitats and biodiversity, and are causing a resource and climate crisis. To avoid this sustainability crisis, we urgently need to transform our production and consumption patterns. Given that we, as inhabitants of this planet, are part of a complex and integrated global system, where and how should we begin this transformation? And how can we also ensure that our transformation efforts will lead to a sustainable world? LSSTS and the ecosystems that they are embedded in are known to be Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). According to John Holland CAS are "...a dynamic network of many agents (which may represent cells, species, individuals, firms, nations) acting in parallel, constantly acting and reacting to what the other agents are doing. The control of a CAS tends to be highly dispersed and decentralized. If there is to be any coherent behavior in the system, it will have to to arise from competition and cooperation among the agents themselves. The overall behavior of the system is the result of a huge number of decisions made every moment" by many individual agents. Understanding Complex Adaptive Systems requires tools that themselves are complex to create and understand. Shalizi defines Agent Based Modeling as "An agent is a persistent thing which has some state we find worth representing, and which interacts with other agents, mutually modifying each other‰ŰŞs states. The components of an agent-based model are a collection of agents and their states, the rules governing the interactions of the agents and the environment within which they live." This course will explore the theory of CAS and their main properties. It will also teach you how to work with Agent Based Models in order to model and understand CAS.

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Engineering
Environmental sciences
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Delft University of Technology
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Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Dr. Ir. I. Nikolic; Dr.ir. I. Bouwmans
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Agriculture
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Paul Andersen describes the pros and cons of industrial agriculture including: monocropping, irrigation, and the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and GMOs.

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Environmental sciences
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Lesson
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Bozeman Science
Date Added:
09/22/2016
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - Epidemiological Principles of Air Pollution (07:33)
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This presentation aims to increase the students’ knowledge about environmental epidemiology, by introducing different study designs used to study health effects of exposure to outdoor air pollution. All study designs are illustrated by examples, starting with the Great Smog (Killer Fog) of London in 1952, one of the landmarks in environmental epidemiology.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
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Professor Zorana Jovanovic Andersen
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - Solid Fuel in Households (08:17)
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Nearly one third of the world’s population are exposed to high levels of indoor air pollution from the household’s use of solid fuel. The fuel is mainly biomass burning under poor combustion conditions
in open fires or primitive stoves and with low ventilation. This costs more than 4 million lives every year and enormous suffering in particular among women and children.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Steffen Loft
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - Sources and Composition of Air Pollution (07:40)
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What is air pollution? What is it in the air that is harmful? This lecture focuses on air pollution, where it occur, and how it spread.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Peter Møller
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - The Global Burden (07:16)
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In this presentation, we will describe the global levels and trends in major air pollutants and related health burden. Air pollution is an important global risk factor for disease. People who live in more polluted areas develop more often chronic and infectious disease and die prematurely as compared to people living in areas with low air pollution.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Zorana Jovanovic Andersen
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - Tight Buildings (12:16)
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In large part of the World, people spend more than 90 percent of the time in indoor environments, where air quality is important for health. The environment outside the building, what goes on inside the building and the exchange of air pollutants affects the indoor air. Tight buildings can reduce energy consumption and entry of outdoor air pollutants, but unless ventilation is right indoor air pollutants from combustion processes, dampness, microbes, the dwellers bio effluents,
appliances, care and cleaning products, clothing, furniture, building materials, the underground and many other sources will build up indoors causing important health effects.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Steffen Loft
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - Vulnerable Groups (08:10)
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In this presentation, we will discuss how we can know whether one individual is more susceptible to harmful effect of air pollution than others are. Everyone is exposed, but some groups may be more susceptible to the harmful effect of air pollution than others may.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Zorana Jovanovic Andersen
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - What Happens in the Lungs? (07:06)
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In this lecture, we will describe the mechanisms by which air pollution causes pulmonary health effects in the human population. The pulmonary health effects include exacerbation of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), increased risk of lower
respiratory tracts infections and lung cancer.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Peter Møller
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - What Happens in the Rest of the Body? (07:58)
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In this presentation, we will describe the mechanisms by which air pollution causes health effects in other parts of the body than the lungs. In continuation of this, we will discuss the important mechanisms of extra pulmonary health effect.

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Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
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Lecture
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University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Peter Møller
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Air Pollution - a Global Threat to our Health:  - What can we do about Outdoor Air Pollution? (08:16)
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There is a long way before the whole world complies with the WHO guidelines for air quality, but the enormous burden of disease from outdoor air pollution forces us to increase action to come as far as possible. In continuation of this, we will discuss what we can do about air pollution at global, international, national, city and individual levels. Most of the actions to reduce air pollution also mitigates climate change and/or promote health in other ways – so there are many win-win and
win-win-win situations

Subject:
Health and Medical Science
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
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Air Pollution: A Global Threat to our Health
Author:
Professor Steffen Loft
Date Added:
01/07/2017
Article: C-ROADS: Climate--Rapid Overview and Decision-Support Simulator
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The resource, "C-ROADS Overview Reference" included in "Lesson 2 Modeling Exercise with C-LEARN" is a part of "Unit 10 Mock Summit and Portfolio Capstone Finale" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 4

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
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Reading
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Climate Interactive
Date Added:
03/18/2015
The Atmosphere
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Paul Andersen explains how the atmosphere surrounds the planet. The state of the atmosphere is climate and is affected by unequal heating, the Coriolis Effect, and the ocean. Convection cells and ENSO are discussed in detail.

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Environmental sciences
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Lesson
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Bozeman Science
Date Added:
09/22/2016
Battery Sizing Worksheet
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The resource, "Battery Sizing Activity Student Handout" included in "Lesson 1 Batteries and Energy Storage" is a part of "Unit 09 Energy Storage" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 3

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
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Activity/Lab
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Wholesale Solar
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Biobased Products for a Sustainable (Bio)economy
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Have you ever asked what “biobased” means or wondered about the key aspects in developing and commercializing biobased products? This course will answer those questions and more; highlighting the opportunities, hurdles, and driving forces of the bioeconomy.

Today’s industries face enormous global challenges when it comes to the fossil-based economy. Fossil resources are no longer a desirable feedstock for many products and governments’ climate goals put various limitations to its usage. Moreover, consumer perception has become an increasingly important factor. With biobased products as an alternative to the fossil-based economy, the bioeconomy can provide viable solutions to these challenges.

The course describes the different types of biomass, the methods of refinery and typical conversion technologies used for biobased products. You’ll also engage in a study of the practical and real-life examples emerging in the market: biopolymers, bioenergy, bioflavours, and biosurfactants.

The course has been developed by a team of experts from seven different institutions and universities in three different countries, all sharing their personal perspectives on the opportunities and challenges faced by the biobased industry. The three top-ranked institutions Delft University of Technology, RWTH Aachen University, and Wageningen University & Research offer additional, more advanced courses to continue your learning journey:

Industrial Biotechnology: a more advanced course that digs deeper into engineering aspects of bio-based products.
MicroMasters Chemistry and Technology for Sustainability: Help drive the transition from fossil sources to renewable energy ones and engineer a biobased future.
Sustainable Development: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Introduction to sustainable development and its relation to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

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Biology
Environmental sciences
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Full Course
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Dr. A. Wahl
Dr. F. Hollmann
Prof.dr. Patricia Osseweijer
Date Added:
01/12/2021
Biogeochemical Cycles
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Paul Andersen explains how biogeochemical cycles move required nutrients through the abiotic and biotic spheres on our planet. Matter on the Earth is conserved so producers must receive required nutrients through the water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, phosphorus cycle, and sulfur cycle.

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Environmental sciences
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Lesson
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Bozeman Science
Date Added:
09/22/2016
Black Carbon
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This video describes black carbon, or soot, and its effect on the atmosphere and sea ice. The resource, "Black Carbon on Iced- NOAA" included in "Lesson 3 Black Ice" is a part of "Unit 03 Challenges to Safe Operating Space" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 2

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Ocean Today
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Black Walnut Toxicity Report
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The resource, "Black Walnut Toxicity Report" included in "Lesson 3 Species Interactions" is a part of "Unit 09 Biodiversity Decline and Sustainablility" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 4

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
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Activity/Lab
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Purdue University
Date Added:
03/18/2015
The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Undertakes Innovative Action to Reduce the Causes of Climate Change
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The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe—a federally recognized Native American tribe in California—was one of 16 communities selected as a 2015–2016 Climate Action Champion by the Obama Administration for exceptional work in response to climate change.

The Tribe began its strategic climate action planning in 2008 and has become a regional leader in greenhouse gas reductions and community resiliency measures. To date, the Tribe has reduced energy consumption from 2008 levels by 35 percent and has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2018, utilizing a range of approaches—including aggressive energy efficiency upgrades, developing on-site renewable energy (biomass, solar, fuel cells, grid battery storage), and switching to green fuels (electricity and biodiesel).

Subject:
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
11/03/2016
Brazilian Amazon Deforestation (image)
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The resource, "Brazilian Amazon Deforestation (image)" included in "Lesson 3 Human Footprint" is a part of "Unit 02 The Human Footprint" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 2

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
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CNET
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Breakwaters and Closure Dams
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Design and construction of breakwaters and closure dams in estuaries and rivers. Functional requirements, determination of boundary conditions, spatial and constructional design and construction aspects of breakwaters and dams consisting of rock, sand and caissons.

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Engineering
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Assessment
Lecture Notes
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Textbook
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ir. H.J. Verhagen
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Carl Sagan - Review of the Ecosphere
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Carl Sagan reviews a mail-order mini ecosystem. The resource, "Carl Sagan - Review of the Ecosphere" included in "Lesson 2 Small World Scaling Sustainability" is a part of "Unit 02 Introduction to Science and Engineering Methods" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 1.

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Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Reading
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Charles Moore: Seas of Plastic
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In this TED Talk video, Capt. Charles Moore discusses the problem of plastic debris in our seas. The resource, "Charles Moore TEDTalk Video" included in "Lesson 4 Plastic Indestructible Waste" is a part of "Unit 02 The Human Footprint" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 2

Subject:
Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TED
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Civil Engineering in Developing Countries
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Based on working on exercises on project decision making and planning, the specific context of working abroad in general and in developing countries in particular is illustrated, with regard to socio-cultural aspects, planning and financing of projects, roles of (consulting) engineers and contractors, local materials, techniques and knowledge and environmental issues.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental sciences
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
M.W. Ertsen
Date Added:
02/04/2016
Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
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Has your attention recently been caught by news of coastal catastrophes such as hurricanes and tsunamis? Do you wonder why so many coastal communities in the world are vulnerable to flooding and other coastal hazards? Have you considered what coastal flood protections cities like Houston and Miami will need in the future to protect their residents? This course will provide a better understanding of these phenomena. We present a global perspective of coastal landscapes, the geologic processes responsible for their formation, and ways that society responds to hazards like sea level rise and catastrophic weather events. You will participate in active learning exercises such as analyzing real-world datasets and applying critical thinking to real-world societal problems while investigating a coastal community.

Subject:
Environmental sciences
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Full Course
Provider:
Penn State University
Provider Set:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http:// e-education.psu.edu/oer/)
Author:
Brent Yarnal
Dinah Maygarden
Tim Bralower
Date Added:
01/13/2021
Computation and Visualization in the Earth Sciences
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In EARTH 801, you will develop skills in a programming language designed for visual arts and visualization while exploring Earth science topics. Specifically, you'll learn and practice digital graphics capabilities in order to render Earth science concepts that are otherwise difficult to visualize due to complicated space and time scales. Here, you will interact with large, open, freely-available data sets by collecting, plotting, and analyzing them using a variety of computational methods. You'll be ready to teach secondary school students a range of Next Generation Science Standard skills involving data collecting, manipulation, analysis, and plotting. You'll also read and discuss current research regarding the teaching, learning, and evaluation of visualization skills, as well as multiple external representations of science concepts.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Science
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State University
Provider Set:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http:// e-education.psu.edu/oer/)
Author:
Eliza Richardson
Date Added:
01/13/2021
Controversies in the Earth Sciences
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Think science has all the answers? Think again. This course will use real, authentic data to explore and investigate modern controversies in Earth Sciences. Use tide gauge records to understand how countries around the world attempt to protect themselves from tsunami events. Process seismic data to predict earthquake recurrence in the New Madrid seismic zone, right here in the breadbasket of the US. Sort through the millions of years of the geologic timeline to shed some light on what actually did, and did not, kill the dinosaurs. Finally, use global atmospheric data to understand how misrepresentation of data can be used to paint a distorted view of past, present, and future climate.

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Environmental sciences
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Full Course
Provider:
Penn State University
Provider Set:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http:// e-education.psu.edu/oer/)
Author:
Eliza Richardson
Date Added:
01/13/2021
Curiosity's 7 Minutes of Terror
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In this video, engineers who designed the entry, descent, and landing system for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity candidly talk about the new landing system, and describe the challenges of Curiosity's final moments before touchdown on Aug. 5, 2012, at 10:31pm PDT. The video, "7 Minutes of Terror Video" included in "Lesson 6 Testing New Worlds Mars Colony" is a part of "Unit 02 Introduction to Science and Engineering Methods" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 1.

Subject:
Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Data Trends: Water Use Tracking
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The Portfolio Manager DataTrends series is the first-ever analysis of aggregate data stored within ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, pulled from a pool of hundreds of thousands of commercial buildings across the United States. This fact sheet examines how buildings are tracking not only their energy use, but also their water use in Portfolio Manager. Other statistics are also presented in an easy-to-read format.The resource, "Data Trends: Water Use Tracking" included in "Lesson 4 Water Load Estimations" is a part of "Unit 06 Load Estimations and Calculations" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 3.

Subject:
Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
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Reading
Provider:
US Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added:
03/17/2015
Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A Plea for Bees
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This TED Talk looks at why bees are dying in droves.Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance. The resource, "Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A Plea for Bees" included in "Lesson 2 Bee Colony Collapse" is a part of "Unit 09 Biodiversity Decline and Sustainablility" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 4.

Subject:
Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TED
Date Added:
03/18/2015
Developing Monitoring Programs for Protected Lands in Alaska
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Coastal habitats and archeological sites in western Alaska are at risk from coastal erosion. Researchers are documenting current assets and vulnerabilities so managers can make informed decisions.

Subject:
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/09/2016
Drinking Water Treatment 1 - Technology
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The course provides the technological background of treatment processes applied for production of drinking water. Treatment processes are demonstrated with laboratory experiments.

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Environmental sciences
Physics
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Full Course
Lecture Notes
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Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
J.C. van Dijk
Date Added:
03/05/2016
Earth Surface Processes in the Critical Zone
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Rapid changes at Earth's surface, largely in response to human activity, have led to the realization that fundamental questions remain to be answered regarding the natural functioning of the Critical Zone, the thin veneer at Earth's surface where the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere interact. EARTH 530 will introduce you to the basics necessary for understanding Earth surface processes in the Critical Zone through an integration of various scientific disciplines. Those who successfully complete EARTH 530 will be able to apply their knowledge of fundamental concepts of Earth surface processes to understanding outstanding fundamental questions in Critical Zone science and how their lives are intimately linked to Critical Zone health.

Subject:
Environmental sciences
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Full Course
Provider:
Penn State University
Provider Set:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http:// e-education.psu.edu/oer/)
Author:
Tim White
Date Added:
01/13/2021
Earth in the Future
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Our planet is becoming hot. In fact, Earth may be warming faster than ever before. This warming will challenge society throughout the 21st century. How do we cope with rising seas? How will we prepare for more intense hurricanes? How will we adapt to debilitating droughts and heat waves? Scientists are striving to improve predictions of how the environment will change and how it will impact humans. Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century is designed to provide the state of the art of climate science, the impact of warming on humans, as well as ways we can adapt. Every student will understand the challenges and opportunities of living in the 21st century.

Subject:
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State University
Provider Set:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http:// e-education.psu.edu/oer/)
Author:
David Bice
Tim Bralower
Date Added:
01/13/2021
Ecosystem Diversity
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Paul Andersen explains how biodiversity can be measured through genetic, species, or ecosystem variety on the planet. Species diversity is increased through speciation and decrease through extinction. The mechanism for speciation is evolution through natural selection. The planet provides ecosystem services at no cost to humanity.

Subject:
Environmental sciences
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Lesson
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Bozeman Science
Date Added:
09/22/2016
Ecosystem Ecology
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Paul Andersen explains how ecosystems function. He begins with a description of how life on the planet is ordered from large to small in biomes, ecosystems, communities, population, and individuals. He describes the major terrestrial and aquatic biomes on the planet.

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Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Bozeman Science
Date Added:
09/22/2016
Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems
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This USGS video uses Raleigh, NC as an example of the effects of urbanization on stream ecosystems.
The resource, "Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems" included in "Lesson 1 Intro to Stormwater Management" is a part of "Unit 08 Storm Water Management Capstone" included in Energy & Sustainability ES - Course 2.

Subject:
Sustainable agriculture
Environmental technology
Environmental sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
USGS
Date Added:
03/17/2015