Following are a few useful web resources for topics in Global Environmental Systems.
Website for your text, Christopherson, Elemental Geosystems, 6th edition
Website specifically to supplement your text. This site offers web links for each chapter topic, key learning concepts, study guides, plus self-tests that give you your scores.
GENERAL: Environmental News Network --
Excellent daily or weekly digest of what's happening in the world regarding the enviroment. I recommend getting a free email subscription at this site.
ATMOSPHERE, WEATHER, AND CLIMATE
U.S. Drought Monitor, present conditions and animations of drought in the U.S. over the past few years
Animation of North American Polar Jet Stream, Live Data, SF State. One of my favorite sites -- watch how the jet stream changes strength and position as the seasons changehttp://squall.sfsu.edu/scripts/nhemjetstream_model.html
Unisys Weather -- excellent source for satellite images, hurricane updates, sea surface temps, loopshttp://weather.unisys.com/
Intellicast, WSI Corporation and Photodisc, weather around the worldhttp://www.intellicast.com
The Weather Channelhttp://www.weather.com
Weathernet -- http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/For weather forecasts anywhere you want to go. Includes satellite images, maps, etc.
Online Guides -- http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/home.rxml
Instructional Resources in Meteorology, Remote Sensing, and Reading and Interpreting Weather Maps
Cloud Guide --
Complete guide to different types of clouds, good illustrations
Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric environment -- http://www.doc.mmu.ac.uk/aric/eae/index.htmla British offering, with both elementary and more advanced definitions and discussions. Includes a special guide for students of global climate change.
The Ozone Hole Tour -- http://www.atm.ch.cam.ac.uk/tour/History and Science of the Ozone Hole over Antarctica,
educational modules on concepts of ozone depletion.
NASA TotalOzone Mapping Spectrometer Real Time Data -- http://toms.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Interesting images of ozone concentrations and aerosols, world wide, as of today
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, with useful links
University of Oregon Dept. of Geography Climate Animations
Excellent page for helping you see seasonal patterns in solar radiation, temperature, winds, global water balance, precipitation, all over the earth. Includes good explanations of maps.
Map of Koeppen Climate Classification, interactive, with climographs
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -- http://www.ipcc.ch/
Concensus reports on research assessments of global climate change, most up to date meeting results
California Climate Change Portal -- http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/
California government/agency efforts toward dealing with climate change, research, policy, etc.
Arctic Report Card -- NOAA, October 22, 2009
EARTH PROCESSES, GEOMORPHOLOGY, LANDFORMS
Links to April 2010 Icelandic volcano eruption, from Boston.com
U.S.Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program -- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/
Includes information on most recent (within an hour) moderate to large earthquakes world wide
U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Forecast of Earthquake Hazard in California
The Modified Mercalli Intensity Map for the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, USGS Publication
Assn of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Earthquake Shaking Hazard maps
ABAG Home Quake Safety Toolkit -- http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/fixit/fixit.html
What do you need to do to be prepared for the next major quake? (includes links for liquifaction hazard, tsunamis)
USGS Volcano Hazards page
Cascade Range Interactive Volcano map, USGS
Color Landform Atlas of the U.S.-- http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.htmlPick your state and pull up a maps showing landforms, shaded relief, etc. This page also has lots of good links to other sites.
Geomorphology From Space -- http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/geomorphology/index.shtml
This is a NASA page of satellite images that show different types of landforms.
California Geological Survey, Mineral Resources -- http://www.consrv.ca.gov/cgs/geologic_resources/mineral_resource_mapping/
Images, maps, descriptions of minerals found in California
NASA Earth Observatory -- http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/
Satellite images of natural hazards around the world. Includes California fires.
October 2003 fires in So. California http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12373&oldid=11799
BIOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT, BIOGEOGRAPHY
Glossary for Biogeography -- http://www.radford.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/glossary.html
Biogeography -- Frequently Asked Questions -- http://ripley.wo.sbc.edu/departmental/env-studies/geo/biogeogr.htm
Wikipedia encyclopedia -- Biogeography -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogeography
U.S.G.S. Biological Resources -- http://biology.usgs.gov/ -- links to images, endangered species programs
U.S. Land Cover Map -- http://geography.usgs.gov/www/products/geoface.html
Ecological Land Classification, Canada -- http://www.cfl.scf.rncan.gc.ca/ecosys/classif/intro_strat_e.asp
Ecological Land Types -- http://www.uvm.edu/~envnr/sal/charlesf/elt.html
World Wildlife Fund -- http://www.worldwildlife.org/
Maps of endangered species world wide, images of animals, maps of wild lands around the world
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