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Module

CEG1601 : Earth System Science

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Geoffrey Abbott
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To challenge students to think holistically about Earth as a global environmental system by examining important matter and energy fluxes. This will require the use of basic algebra to describe the phenomena.
To equip students to tackle more advanced environmental concepts with an element of chemistry and physics and to describe environmental systems quantitatively.
An introduction to the physical environment at the global scale, with a consideration of the important interactions with the biosphere.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Global Systems, topics to be covered include: The Earth's core/mantle/crust, the atmosphere, the oceans, the biosphere.

2. Transport, topics to be covered include: global cycling of material (e.g., water) and elements (e.g., carbon).

3. Matter, topics to be covered include: conservation of matter, chemical reactions, biologically mediated transformations.

4. Energy, topics to be covered include: solar energy (radiation, latent and sensible heat) and climate.

5. Homeostasis, topics to be covered include: positive and negative feedback, climate change and global warming.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable