EMSC 1006/6106: The Blue Planet - 

An Introduction to Earth System Science

Offered 1st Semester Annually, Course Convenors: Nicholas Engerer & Penny King

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The Earth is an amazing network of integrated systems: geological, oceanographic, meteorological, the cryosphere. Learning about each of these sciences, allows us to see their interconnections and realise the Earth for what she is - our amazing Blue Planet!
— Nick Engerer
"The Blue Marble" - taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft.  The image was recorded at about 45,000 kilometers (28,000 mi) from the Earth's surface and is often what comes to mind when one mentions "The Blue Planet".

"The Blue Marble" - taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft.  The image was recorded at about 45,000 kilometers (28,000 mi) from the Earth's surface and is often what comes to mind when one mentions "The Blue Planet".

This course is so fun to teach!  One that allows us to see the Earth as a system.

Topics include: a history of Earth's environment; systems theory; the biophysical and biochemical processes that characterise the oceans, atmosphere and land surface; together with an introduction to the global water and carbon cycles. Lectures provide a scientific perspective on and basis for understanding global change processes. Practical sessions offer hands-on experience with global systems. It includes field excursions that introduce students to methods for environmental measurement and observation.


If you're interested in taking the course, take a look at the ANU Course Page or the Study@ page.  If you're a postgraduate student, be sure to look for it's postgrad component EMSC6107

 
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