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)

Sustainable Development

Challenges of sustainable development in the United States and in other countries, influence of sustainable development concepts on environmental decision-making, sustainable development as a paradigm for environmental policy-making

Lecture Notes and Links

research methods, general soils, soil resource inventory, soil geographic databases, landform modelling, soil (classification, survey), interpretation, land (evaluation, degradation), statistical software, spatial analysis & geostatistics

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

slides: introduction, mass & energy fundamentals, physical chemistry & principles, organic chemistry, microbiology & microbial growth, erosion control & stormwater management, water, waste, air pollution, global events

Lecture notes on the Major Soils of the World

world reference base for soil resources, reference soil groups, organic soils, mineral soils conditioned by (man, parent material, topography, limited age, a wet (sub)tropical climate, a (semi-)arid climate, a steppic climate, (sub)humid temperate climate, permafrost), references


Eutrophication is a process mostly associated with human activity whereby ecosystems accumulate minerals, how this process occurs, what its effects on different types of habitat are, how it might be managed


geological characteristics of petroleum and the key ingredients necessary to form oil and gas accumulations, industrial operations during the life cycle of an oilfield, role of safety and environmental management as an integral part of the petroleum business, review of global resources and non-conventional petroleum

Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy

scientific, economic, and ecological issues underlying the threat of global climate change and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response, develops an integrated approach to analysis of climate change processes and assessment of proposed policy measures drawing on research and model development

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

Environment and Sustainable Development

policy responses to environmental problems caused by economic development with special attention to innovation: Sustainable development, Innovation for sustainable development, Environmental management and innovation strategies, Societal transformations, Institutional theory, Governance for sustainable development, Policy responses to environmental degradation, Capacity development for innovation, Research methods

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