Earth Sciences

Open Courseware and Resources (general)

- Earth Sciences: (also known as geoscience or the geosciences), an all-embracing term for the sciences related to the planet Earth. (Wikipedia)

Earth Sciences (general)

Earth Sciences (general)

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  Earth Sciences - Open Courseware (OCW) 

The following links have been chosen by iBerry as good examples of OCW for this topic. Only significant content such as notes, images, videos etc covering topics in reasonable depth are included. Items consisting only of course advertisements, sub-topic headings, single lectures or where a significant proportion of material is password protected are not included. Comments are welcome!

Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy

strategic and political implications of ongoing trends in global energy markets, particularly markets for crude oil and natural gas, world's major oil and natural gas producing regions (Middle East, the Caspian Region, Russia, Venezuela, and the North Sea), Producer-consumer relationships for China, India, Japan, and the US, foreign policy implications, especially with respect to China

Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets

introduces structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial planets, including their formation and basic orbital properties, plate tectonics, earthquakes, seismic waves, rheology, impact cratering, gravity and magnetic fields, heat flux, thermal structure, mantle convection, deep interiors, planetary magnetism, dynamics

Interactive Science Simulations

interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena: ongoing effort to provide extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned

Transport Processes in the Environment

introduction to mass transport in environmental flows with emphasis on river & lake systems, derivation & solutions to differential mass conservation equations, molecular & turbulent diffusion, boundary layers, dissolution, bed-water exchange, air-water exchange & particle transport: readings, labs, tools, related resources

Earth & Environmental Sciences (courses)

  • Natural Disasters - examination of the causes, effects, and options available to mitigate natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, subsidence, flooding, severe weather, and meteorite impacts
  • Mineralogy - basic principles behind the arrangement of atoms to form crystal structures, how these atoms are coordinated and bonded and how this is reflected in the external form, chemical composition, and physical properties, how to identify the most common minerals in hand specimen and to identify the common minerals in thin section
  • Petrology - fundamental background in rocks, necessary to understand the Earth, principles behind rock forming processes

Earth Sciences lecture notes

big bang & early solar system, earth structure, plate tectonic theory, ocean floor, plate reconstructions, volcanoes, minerals, rocks, seismology, driving forces of plate tectonics, sedimentary rocks, geological time, igneous & metamorphic rocks, mountain building, sea, currents, waves, tides, climates, coastal processes, fresh water, remote sensing, planets

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

qualitative description & quantitative science, projections, ocean topography, objects of study, framework, properties of seawater, salinity, global oceanic heat & mass budgets, depth distribution of temperature, salinity & nutrients, geophysical fluid dynamics, thermohaline processes, water masses, ocean & climate, wave classification, dispersion, wind waves, long waves, estuaries, oceanographic instrumentation: exercises and utilities, free PDF books (Regional Oceanography, Physical Oceanography)

Shelf and Coastal Oceanography

shelf regions & estuaries, Shelf & Coastal Ocean (Review of deep ocean dynamics,Ekman layer dynamics for shallow seas with stratification, Sea level set-up and buoyancy-driven flows, Tides in shallow seas, Upwelling dynamics, Island wakes, Coastal trapped waves & other oscillations, Fronts in shallow seas and estuaries, Water masses in shallow seas), Estuaries (Definition, classification, Examples, salt balance, flushing time, Pollutant dispersal, Sediment transport, Regional classification, survey), References, links

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