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Are you ready to take an incredible journey around Planet Earth and beyond? In this course, you will delve into a world of innovative science and learn from a team of Biosphere 2 and University of Arizona researchers. From plants and soils, to oceans and rainforests, the Moon, Mars, and more, this course is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in science and Earth stewardship. Learn how a unique research station in the Arizona desert is used to investigate big ideas, such as how Earth systems interact, the effects of climate change, and what our future holds. Go back in time thousands of years with information locked in ancient trees, and travel into an imagined future where humans become Martians. Collect and analyze your own scientific data, discuss big questions with participants from around the world, and gain novel insights and understanding about our wonderfully unique planet....
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Recommandé : 9 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week

Approx. 15 heures pour terminer
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Sous-titres : English

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Biosphere 2, an Icon of Possibilities

Why would anyone build an enormous glass structure in the Arizona desert? In Module 1, you will get a virtual introduction to the engineering marvel that is Biosphere 2. Learn about the fascinating history of Biosphere 2 and how it is currently used as the world’s best research instrument for earth systems science. Discover how the ocean, rainforest, and desert can be studied in one enclosed, three-acre structure in the Arizona desert. With Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, University of Arizona (UA) Vice President for Innovation, Director of Biosphere 2, Dean of UA Science, Geoscientist, and John Adams, Deputy Director, UA Biosphere 2....
Reading
9 vidéos (Total 50 min), 4 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Meet Joaquin Ruiz, Director of Biosphere 21 min
Module 1 Intro2 min
Meet John Adams2 min
Lecture 1a – Introducing Biosphere 25 min
Lecture 1b - The Story of Biosphere 29 min
Lecture 1c - Biosphere 2 Research13 min
Lecture 1d - Biosphere 2 and the Water Cycle10 min
Module 1 Wrap Up1 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Lecture 1a10 min
Lecture 1b10 min
Lecture 1c10 min
Lecture 1d10 min

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Climate Disruption

How do we know that human activity is changing the climate? In Module 2, you will hear from scientists who reconstruct past climates by unlocking information held in ancient trees. Discover how tree rings help us understand drought and wildfire patterns across time and space. Learn what global warming is, exactly, and how it is accelerated by carbon emissions. With Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis, Geography and UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Dr. David Frank, UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research....
Reading
7 vidéos (Total 62 min), 1 lecture, 3 quiz
Video7 vidéos
Meet Kevin Anchukaitis1 min
Lecture 2a - Global Warming and Carbon Dioxide17 min
Lecture 2b - Rain, Snow, & Climate Change19 min
Meet David Frank1 min
Lecture 2c - Fires & Climate Disruption17 min
Module 2 Wrap Up1 min
Reading1 lecture
Module 2 Supplemental Content10 min
Quiz3 exercices pour s'entraîner
Lecture 2a10 min
Lecture 2b10 min
Lecture 2c10 min

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The Science of Water Availability

Where is Earth’s water? In Module 3, you will learn about the global water cycle and discover how much water exists, where it exists, and how it moves around the environment. Learn how Biosphere 2 and Critical Zone research are used to study the water cycle. With Dr. Peter Troch, Director of Science at Biosphere 2, UA Hydrology....
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7 vidéos (Total 42 min), 4 quiz
Video7 vidéos
Meet Peter Troch1 min
Lecture 3a - Water on Earth11 min
Lecture 3b - How much water do we use?5 min
Lecture 3c - How will climate change affect water availability?9 min
Lecture 3d - Water cycle research10 min
Module 3 Wrap Up1 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Lecture 3a10 min
Lecture 3b10 min
Lecture 3c10 min
Lecture 3d10 min

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Desert Plants, Climate, and Changing Landscapes

How can many different species coexist in once place? In Module 4, go beyond Biosphere 2 to UA Tumamoc Hill—the world’s oldest long-term desert ecology research site near the University of Arizona. Learn how living and nonliving components of the environment are related, how different species coexist, and how climate variation affects Sonoran Desert plants. With Dr. Larry Venable, UA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology....
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7 vidéos (Total 64 min), 1 lecture, 4 quiz
Video7 vidéos
Meet Larry Venable2 min
Lecture 4a - Biodiversity and its maintenance13 min
Lecture 4b - Functional traits and diversity12 min
Lecture 4c - Vegetation response to climate change17 min
Lecture 4d - Biological bet hedging14 min
Module 4 Wrap Up1 min
Reading1 lecture
Module 4 Supplemental Content10 min
Quiz4 exercices pour s'entraîner
Lecture 4a10 min
Lecture 4b10 min
Lecture 4c8 min
Lecture 4d10 min
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par WKMay 11th 2018

This course covered so many interesting things and topics, and also went into some astronomy, which I really enjoy. Overall would recommend this course if you are interested in Earth.

par BSSep 12th 2018

I really loved this course! So much information and really well laid out in great modules.

Enseignant

Kevin E. Bonine, PhD

Director of Education and Outreach
Biosphere 2

À propos de University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the state’s land-grant university and a member of the Association of American Universities—made up of just 62 universities in the country. As one of the world’s premier public research universities, the university conducts more than $625 million of research annually. Home to two allopathic medical schools in Tucson and Phoenix, the UA Tech Park, and a member of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium, the university creates an $8.3 billion economic impact for Arizona. U.S. News and World Report placed 14 University of Arizona graduate programs among the top 20 in the nation and it is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars. With its strategic academic and business plan, “Never Settle,” as its guide, the university is producing graduates who are global citizens, engaged leaders, and fulfilled individuals....

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