Geography of Global Change

UAB Barcelona Summer School

02 Geography of Global Change - Graham Mortyn

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

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Contact: summer@uab.cat

 

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: graham.mortyn@uab.cat

 

ACADEMIC GUIDE         
 

Contents overview

Geography of Global Change
 Week   Contents Teaching/learning activities
1

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)

Greenhouse gases

Industrial pollution

  • lecture presentations
  • readings of relevant articles, and book content
  • both individual and small group activity and discussion of concepts
  • question and answer / critical dialog
2

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

 

  • lecture presentations
  • readings of relevant articles, and book content
  • both individual and small group activity and discussion of concepts
  • question and answer / critical dialog

 

Field trip to Barcelona to discuss and explore urban global change

3

Block 4 Terrestrial Impacts

The nature of land surfaces

Specific terrestrial-based concerns (e.g. biosphere)

Causes for concern and likely futuristic developments
  • lecture presentations
  • readings of relevant articles, and book content
  • both individual and small group activity and discussion of concepts
  • question and answer / critical dialog
  • Visit to UAB research institute (ICTA)

 

Evaluation

Block 1 Thematic Question Answers, due Wednesday of Week 1 (15%)

Block 2 Thematic Question Answers, due Friday of Week 1 (15%)

Block 3 Thematic Question Answers, due Thursday of Week 2 (15%)

Block 4 Thematic Question Answers, due Tuesday of Week 3 (15%)

Final Exam Wednesday of Week 3 (40%)

 

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.

https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/interactive/2013/may/10/climate-warming-gas-carbon-dioxide-levels-interactive

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/31/ipcc-report-six-graphs-that-show-how-were-changing-the-worlds-climate?CMP=twt_gu

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/297/5581/528.full

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/297/5581/596.full

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/314/5806/1740.full

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v436/n7051/full/nature03906.html

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/342/6162/1027.full

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2017-10-09-atlantic-hurricane-season-one-of-busiest-october

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-whats-warming-the-world/

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.