Geography of Global Change
UAB Barcelona Summer School
Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students: 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period: 21 June to 09 July
PROFESSOR BIO INFORMATION
Graham Mortyn earned BS and MS degrees in Earth Science and a PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California at San Diego, UCSD). Prior to academia he worked as a hydrogeologist. He was an Assistant Professor in California (California State University, Fresno, CSUF) before UAB arrival in 2004, joining the Department of Geography and ICTA.
- Department of Geography
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Block 1 Introduction to Global Change
The Earth as a System
Spatial and temporal scales (e.g. human, geologic, and all in between)
Global change vs. climate change, similarities and distinctions
Block 2 The Atmosphere
Defining the structure and composition (baseline for change)
Block 3 The Oceans
Role in global and climate change
Non-climatic global changes (e.g. fisheries, pollution, exotic species invasions)
Specific global change issues (monsoons, ENSO, hurricanes, etc.). Concrete look at the 2017 Atlantic hurricane events
Field trip to Barcelona to discuss and explore urban global change
Block 4 Terrestrial Impacts
The nature of land surfaces
Specific terrestrial-based concerns (e.g. biosphere)Causes for concern and likely futuristic developments
Block 1 Thematic Question Answers, due Wednesday of Week 1
Block 2 Thematic Question Answers, due Friday of Week 1
Block 3 Thematic Question Answers, due Thursday of Week 2
Block 4 Thematic Question Answers, due Tuesday of Week 3
Final Exam Wednesday of Week 3
Links and references
GUGLER, J. (2004). World Cities. Globalization, Development and Inequality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
JOHNSTON, R.J., TAYLOR, P.J. I WATTS, M.J. (eds) (2002): Geographies of Global Change. Oxford: Blackwell (2ª edició).
MANNION, A.M. (1991): Global environmental change. Harlow, Essex: Longman.
MARSH,W.M. I GROSSA,J.M. Jr (1996): Environmental Geography. Science, Land Use and Earth Systems. New York: John Wiley.
OLDFIELD, F. 2005: Environmental Change. Key Issues and Alternative Perspectives. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
STEFFEN, W. et al 2004: Global Change and the Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure. New York, Springer.
TURNER, B.T.II; Clark,W.C., KATES,R.W., RICHARDS,J.F., MATHEWS,J.T. I MEYER,W.B. (eds) (1990): The Earth as transformed by human action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
There will also be selected readings from journal articles, and other links, highlighted during the course. Some links above are to journal articles; others are for some key sites and animations.