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Earth Sciences Resources
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (Case Studies)
Explore case studies to see how people are building resilience for their businesses and in their communities. Click dots on the map below to preview case studies, or browse all case studies by clicking the button below the map.
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Introduction to Environmental Science
This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change.
Earth and Mineral Sciences - Open Courses
A collection of OER courseware (lectures, slides, syllabi, and modules) free to access from Pennsylvania State University's department of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
This college-level open textbook covers the most salient environmental issues from a biological perspective.
Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation
The content is intended to be useful for both a broad-based introductory class on sustainability and as a useful supplement to specialist courses which wish to review the sustainability dimensions of their areas of study. By including glossaries, review questions, case studies, and links to further resources, the text has sufficient range to perform as the core resource for a semester course.
Introduction to Climate Science
This book describes how Earth's climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth's energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized.
Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science
This book delves into climate science with clear prose and many chances to reflect on learning. Although in-depth for an introductory class, the book has been adopted widely and can be purchased in print or accessed freely online.
American Environmental History
A comprehensive survey of American Environmental History covering the exodus and evolution of homo sapiens to food production and transportation in modern day.
Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada.
Open Geography Education
This website is dedicated to providing free or open curriculum and resources to anybody who is interested in our geographic world.
Introduction to Physical Geography
Physical Geography is the study of our home planet and all of its components: its lands, waters, atmosphere, and interior. In this book, some chapters are devoted to the processes that shape the lands and impact people. Other chapters depict the processes of the atmosphere and its relationship to the planet’s surface and all our living creatures.
Introduction to World Geography
Throughout this eTextbook, each chapter will discuss each major world region in detail, placing particular emphasis on their physical and environmental environments, along with their cultural and societal structures.
World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization
World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization is designed for students to experience and study as much of the world as possible within a limited amount of time. It gives students the fundamental concepts and the latest data regarding world places in a concise, easy-to-read format.
Essentials of Geographic Information Systems
Essentials of Geographic Information Systems integrates key concepts behind the technology with practical concerns and real-world applications. Recognizing that many potential GIS users are nonspecialists or may only need a few maps, this book is designed to be accessible, pragmatic, and concise.
Introduction to Human Geography
Human geography emphasizes the importance of geography as a field of inquiry and introduces students to the concept of spatial organization. Knowing the location of places, people, and events is a gateway to understanding complex environmental relationships and interconnections among places and across landscapes.
Human Geography Lab Manual
A lab manual for Human Geography. Pairs with the open textbook, "Introduction to Human geography."
Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS
The goals of this textbook are to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information and presenting results.
Forestry & Natural Resource Management
National Academies Press - Forestry
Free online texts on Forestry from the National Academies Press.
Quantitative Problem Solving in Natural Resources
Funded through the ISU Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program, this text is intended to support courses that bridge the divide between mathematics typically encountered in U.S. high school curricula and the practical problems that natural resource students might engage with in their disciplinary coursework and professional internships.
Forest Measurements: An Applied Approach
This is a forest measurements textbook written for field technicians. Silvicultural applications and illustrations are provided to demonstrate the relevance of the measurements. Special “technique tips” for each skill are intended to help increase data collection accuracy and confidence.
Monitoring Animal Populations and Their Habitats: A Practitioner's Guide
This book is our attempt to provide a framework that managers of natural resources can use to design monitoring programs that will benefit future generations by providing the information needed to make informed decisions. In addition we offer tools and approaches that engage individuals in our society in monitoring programs. We firmly believe that people and communities who are empowered in the design and implementation of monitoring programs are more likely to use the information that results from the program, and support it over time.
Natural Resources Biometrics
Natural Resources Biometrics begins with a review of descriptive statistics, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The following chapters cover one- and two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), including multiple comparison methods and interaction assessment, with a strong emphasis on application and interpretation.
Food and Future Environment
The Future of Food is an introductory-level science course that emphasizes the challenges facing food systems in the 21st century, and issues of sustainability for agriculture and other food production activities as well as the challenges posed by food insecurity and modern diets to human health and well-being.
USDA Forest Service [video playlist]
Youtube videos from the USDA Forest Service. Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.