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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 2. Systems and Feedbacks

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 02. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Systems and Feedbacks --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded September 30, 2013.

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    Earth Systems in 2 Minutes

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    The earth is a system of complex interactions.

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    Big Idea 3: Earths Systems Interact

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    Observe the events that show how Earth works as a set of interconnected systems.

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    Real World: Earth System Science

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    This NASA video segment introduces Earth System Science. Examples are provided that explain how systems are created by parts interconnecting with other parts to make a whole. Color animation and examples of systems model how they work. The use of graphs, charts, and drawings to communicate thinking is emphasized in this segment.

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    Complexity Science: 9 Earth Systems Science

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    A brief overview to the area of Earth Systems Science where we will be looking at the different spheres that make up Earth as a complex adaptive system.
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    Earth systems science is the interdisciplinary study of earth as a complex system, composed of multiple physical and biological process that interact within cycles or spheres to give rise to the overall state of the earth as an entire systems.

    Of cause people have been studying earth for a long time, geologies study the formation of rocks, metrologies are interested in the atmosphere and so on,
    With all of these different domains supported by the deep understanding of our physical environment that physics has built up over the past few centuries.

    But it is only more recently that satellites have started to allow us to see earth as an entirety and human activity has begun to have a significant enough effect to alter earth systems making it increasingly important for us to be able to model and manage them.

    From space we can view the net results of earths complex interactions and with high-tech sensors on land and in the ocean, we are getting an clear idea of its overall make up, from this researchers in different domains are discovering how their pieces of the puzzle are related to each other.

    Earth systems science then tries to develop models that gives an integrated picture of how all these parts fit together, the first of these models is of earth as a systems in space with inputs and outputs of energy or radiation from the sun, with this energy being the primary factor in driving the dynamics process within the system.


    As opposed to focusing on the static properties of earths individual components
    Earth systems science instead takes a more dynamic view of the world, studying the ways energy and materials cycle through the different subsystems or what are called -spheres

    Earths different sphere are largely defined by the different phases of mater they are composed of thus the atmosphere is composed of gasses, the hydrosphere of liquid water and the lithosphere solid minerals added to this is the biosphere
    The sum of all biological material and processes.

    Within each sphere a process called a cycles take place, for example in the lithosphere we have the rock cycle driven by the thermal energy within earth's interior that releases minerals through ocean ridges and volcanoes that are weathered as they cycle through earths crust and are eventual subducted returning to their origin



    The hydro cycle driven by the thermal energy of the sun, cycles water between the earths surface and atmosphere through the process of evaporation, condensation and precipitation, this process helps to distribute moisture to support ecosystems at a variety of locations

    The atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding the planet that is held in place by gravity, it is the primary vehicle of temperature and climate regulation through the Cycle of carbon in and out of the atmosphere where it functions, through the green house effect to trap the suns heart.

    The biosphere is the relatively thin layer of Earth's surface that supports all biological activity on earth. The biosphere is a system also characterized by the continuous cycling of matter and energy in the form of the flow of solar energy and nutrient mineral cycles.

    Solar energy flows through the biosphere along a unidirectional path, as the suns energy is inputted through plant photosynthesis and process up through what are called trophic levels form primary producers to herbivores and on to predators and apex predators.

    Along side the flow of energy through food webs it the cycling of mineral nutrients the core substances required for the construction of biological materials and processes, carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen have been continuously cycled through the biosphere from one generation to the next for billions of years

    These different spheres interact to create a unique state or ecosystem, an ecosystems is the combination of a community of biological organism and a particular physical environment with which they interact...

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    Earths Systems and How they Work

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    Notes for Mr. Dove's APES Class. This is an introduction to the Earth's major systems and how they work.

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    The Earths System

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    --Vote now!! Bringing fun stop motion animation to education! Created by Sophia Cho. Submission for the Project Ed scholarship contest. All original work. The Spheres Song composed by Sophia Cho. Created with the Stop Motion Studio App for iPhone. Took about 1800+ frames. Thank you for your consideration!

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    Why Earth Science

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    The earth sciences are central to all aspects of life - get a quick glimpse in this 6 min video.

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    Science On a Sphere Earth System Overview

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    Dr. Sandy MacDonald, the inventor of NOAA's Science On a Sphere, gives a Science On a Sphere Earth system overview in Planet Theater at the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO. For more information on Science On a Sphere, visit

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    Earth System Science

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    NASA Connect segment explaining Earth System Science. The video also explores how modern technology studies the many different areas of Earth System Science.

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    Earth Science

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    Earth science (also known as geoscience, the geosciences or the Earth sciences), is an all-embracing term for the sciences related to the planet Earth. It is arguably a special case in planetary science, the Earth being the only known life-bearing planet. There are both reductionist and holistic approaches to Earth science.

    There are four major disciplines in earth sciences, namely geography, geology, geophysics and geodesy. These major disciplines use physics, chemistry, biology, chronology and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of the principal areas or spheres of the Earth system.

    The following fields of science are generally categorized within the geosciences:

    - Geology describes the rocky parts of the Earth's crust (or lithosphere) and its historic development. Major subdisciplines are mineralogy and petrology, geochemistry, geomorphology, paleontology, stratigraphy, structural geology, engineering geology and sedimentology.

    - Geophysics and Geodesy investigate the figure of the Earth, its reaction to forces and its magnetic and gravity fields. Geophysicists explore the Earth's core and mantle as well as the tectonic and seismic activity of the lithosphere.

    - Soil science covers the outermost layer of the Earth's crust that is subject to soil formation processes (or pedosphere). Major subdisciplines include edaphology and pedology.

    - Oceanography and hydrology (includes limnology) describe the marine and freshwater domains of the watery parts of the Earth (or hydrosphere). Major subdisciplines include hydrogeology and physical, chemical, and biological oceanography.

    - Glaciology covers the icy parts of the Earth (or cryosphere).

    - Atmospheric sciences cover the gaseous parts of the Earth (or atmosphere) between the surface and the exosphere (about 1000 km). Major subdisciplines are meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics.

    - A very important linking sphere is the biosphere, the study of which is biology. The biosphere consists of all forms of life, from single-celled organisms to pine trees to people. The interactions of Earth's other spheres - lithosphere/geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and/or cryosphere and pedosphere - create the conditions that can support life.


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    Earth System Science Part 1: Introduction to ESS

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    This is part one of a mini-series i did for a school project. it is enjoyable and educational. so you should watch it definitely all the way through and stuff

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    Introduction to Earth Science

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    This HD dramatic video choreographed to powerful music introduces the viewer/student to the wonder of Earth Science. It is designed as a motivational trailer to be shown in classrooms by Earth Science and Physical Science teachers in high school and college as a visual Introduction to the beauty and complexity of the planet Earth.

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    Earth as a System// el nino, plate tectonics, human activity

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    The uneven heating also controls weather systems. The heat absorbed by the oceans and carried by its currents is constantly being released into the atmosphere. This heat and moisture drive atmospheric circulation and set weather patterns in motion. The weather patterns then influence vegetation, as well as erosion and sediment transport.
    Ever since the first photos were sent back from space, our view of Earth has changed. Remote sensing instruments, such as satellites, allow us to better understand the interrelationships between the different subsystems. For instance, recordings made by remote and Earth-based instruments show that significant surface warming has occurred over the past three decades. Knowing this, scientists are working to determine how this will affect — and already is affecting — the entire Earth system. astronomy

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    Introduction to Earth Science Part 1

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    Part 1 of 2. How the Earth was formed, the interdisciplinary science of earth science, and what the universe is composed of.

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    1) Introduction to Earth Science

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    A Flipped Classroom? This is video introduces how to watch a class video, expectations, and introduces classroom Cornell Note sheets.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 3. Our Solar System and Universe

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 03. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Our Solar System and Universe --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 2, 2013.

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    Understanding why our Earth system is warming

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    Dr Steve Rintoul, Dr John Church and Dr Pep Canadell of CSIRO discuss our climate science research to understand how and why the Earth system is warming.

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    BSc Environmental and Earth System Science at UCC : A Students Perspective with Fionnuala Joyce

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    ESS 5. Lec 01. The Atmosphere: Composition and Evolution of the Atmosphere

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    UCI ESS 5 The Atmosphere (Spring 2014)
    Lecture 01: Composition and Evolution of the Atmosphere
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    Description: The composition and circulation of the atmosphere with a focus on explaining the fundamentals of weather and climate. Topics include solar and terrestrial radiation, clouds, and weather patterns.

    Recorded April 1, 2014

    Required attribution: Ferguson, Julie Earth Science System 5 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Access date]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License (

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 5. Plate Tectonics

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 05. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Plate Tectonics --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 7, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 18. Oceans, Part II.

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 18. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Oceans -- Part 2
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded November 8, 2013.

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    Earth System Science at UC Irvine

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    A look into the Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine.

    Video created by UCI alum Wilbert Cheng

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 13. Global Circulation Patterns

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 13. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Global Circulation Patterns --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 28, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 6. Plate Boundaries

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 06. Introduction to Earth System Science --Plate Boundaries --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 9, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 10. Atmosphere Formation and Evolution

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 10. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Atmosphere Formation and Evolution --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded on October 18, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 22. Biogeochemical Cycles

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 22. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Biogeochemical Cycles --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded November 22, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 17. Oceans, Part I.

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 17. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Oceans -- Part 1
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded November 6, 2013.

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    Understanding Science - Lecture 1: Proof

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    Welcome to my new lecture series called Understanding Science, in which I introduce the core concepts underlying the process of scientific discovery. This first lecture is on the topic of Proof. What does it mean to say that a claim is true or false, and how do we go about investigating it?

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    What Matters to Me and Why: Gregory Washington

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 19. The Biosphere, Part I.

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 19. Introduction to Earth System Science -- The Biosphere -- Part 1
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded November 15, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 4. What Controls Our Planets Temperature?

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 04. Introduction to Earth System Science -- What Controls Our Planet's Temperature --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 4, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 21. On Thin Ice. Lecture 09. Permafrost

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    UCI ESS 21: On Thin Ice (Winter 2014)
    Lec 09. On Thin Ice -- Permafrost --
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    Description: In recent decades we have observed a significant reduction of the cryosphere due to anthropogenic climate change. The observed and predicted changes in the extent and amount of snow and ice will have major impacts on climate, ecosystems and human populations both at a local and global scale. This course will introduce students to the science behind climate change as well as the physical and chemical processes that govern components of the cryosphere, including snow, permafrost, sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important role that each component plays in the larger climate system and potential feedbacks. We will also examine some of the social, economic and political impacts that the melting cryosphere will have on countries around the Arctic and also worldwide, such as access to new petroleum reserves, infrastructure damage due to melting permafrost, sea level rise and decreases in freshwater availability.

    Recorded on January 29, 2014.

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    Earth System Science 21. On Thin Ice. Lecture 22. Melting Glaciers: Glacial Outburst Floods

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    UCI ESS 21: On Thin Ice (Winter 2014)
    Lec 22. On Thin Ice -- Melting Glaciers: Glacial Outburst Floods --
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    Description: In recent decades we have observed a significant reduction of the cryosphere due to anthropogenic climate change. The observed and predicted changes in the extent and amount of snow and ice will have major impacts on climate, ecosystems and human populations both at a local and global scale. This course will introduce students to the science behind climate change as well as the physical and chemical processes that govern components of the cryosphere, including snow, permafrost, sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important role that each component plays in the larger climate system and potential feedbacks. We will also examine some of the social, economic and political impacts that the melting cryosphere will have on countries around the Arctic and also worldwide, such as access to new petroleum reserves, infrastructure damage due to melting permafrost, sea level rise and decreases in freshwater availability.

    Recorded on March 5, 2014

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 8. Volcanoes

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 08. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Volcanoes --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 14, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 11. Water Vapor and Clouds

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 11. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Water Vapor and Clouds --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 23, 2013.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 26. Why Climate Changes

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 26. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Why Climate Changes --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded December 4, 2013.

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    Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth

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    Planet Earth is this solid thing you are standing on right now. In your everyday life you don't really waste a thought about how amazing this is. A giant, ancient, hot rock. How did it come into existence and how big is it really? You will be surprised. The ground you are standing on is just a very, very small part of the big picture.

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    Earth System Science 21. On Thin Ice. Lecture 01. Introduction

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    UCI ESS 21: On Thin Ice (Winter 2014)
    Lec 01. On Thin Ice -- Introduction --
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    Description: In recent decades we have observed a significant reduction of the cryosphere due to anthropogenic climate change. The observed and predicted changes in the extent and amount of snow and ice will have major impacts on climate, ecosystems and human populations both at a local and global scale. This course will introduce students to the science behind climate change as well as the physical and chemical processes that govern components of the cryosphere, including snow, permafrost, sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. Particular emphasis will be placed on the important role that each component plays in the larger climate system and potential feedbacks. We will also examine some of the social, economic and political impacts that the melting cryosphere will have on countries around the Arctic and also worldwide, such as access to new petroleum reserves, infrastructure damage due to melting permafrost, sea level rise and decreases in freshwater availability.

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    Required attribution: Ferguson, Julie. On Thin Ice 21 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Access date]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 United States License. (

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 9. The Rock Cycle and the Geological Timescale

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 09. Introduction to Earth System Science -- The Rock Cycle and the Geological Timescale --
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    Instructor: Julie Ferguson, Ph.D.

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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 16, 2013.

    Required attribution: Ferguson, Julie. Introduction to Earth System Science 1 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Access date]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 United States License. (

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 12. Winds and Extreme Weather

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 12. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Winds and Extreme Weather --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 25, 2013.

    Required attribution: Ferguson, Julie. Introduction to Earth System Science 1 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Access date]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 United States License. (

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    Where Did Earths Water Come From?

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 7. Earthquakes

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    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 07. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Earthquakes --
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 11, 2013.

    Required attribution: Ferguson, Julie. Introduction to Earth System Science 1 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Access date]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 United States License. (

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    Engineering Geology And Geotechnics - Lecture 1

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    CLASS: GeoEng 341
    PROFESSOR: Dr. David Rogers
    DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: Study of procedures and techniques used to evaluate geologic factors for site selection and the design of engineered structures. Prerequisite: Ge Eng 275.

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    Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 14. Freshwater, Part I.

    48:30

    UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
    Lec 14. Introduction to Earth System Science -- Freshwater -- Part 1
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    Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

    Recorded October 30, 2013.

    Required attribution: Ferguson, Julie. Introduction to Earth System Science 1 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Access date]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 United States License. (

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    15 Things You Didnt Know About Earth

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    From lakes that actually explode to a twin planet that crashed into Earth once upon a time, we count 15 facts about the little blue planet we like to call home
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    Faces of Earth - Building the Planet

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    Prepare to witness the explosion that formed planet Earth, and travel back in time to explore the evolution of the Earth we know today. We'll see new technologies that allow today's geoscientists to strip back layers of the Earth, to see what previously could only be imagined. This is episode 1 of the 4 part Faces of Earth series.

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    Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics

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    The Equations of Atmospheric Dynamics
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    1. Eulerian and Lagrangian Descriptions in Fluid Mechanics

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