Future Earth: Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene (Geophysical Monograph Series)

Future Earth: Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene (Geophysical Monograph Series)

By: Diana Dalbotten (author)Hardback

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Earth now is dominated by both biogeophysical and anthropogenicprocesses, as represented in these two images from a simulation ofaerosols. Dust (red) from the Sahara sweeps west across theAtlantic Ocean. Sea salt (blue) rises into the atmosphere fromwinds over the North Atlantic and from a tropical cyclone in theIndian Ocean. Organic and black carbon (green) from biomass burningis notable over the Amazon and Southeast Asia. Plumes of sulfate(white) from fossil fuel burning are particularly prominent overnortheastern North America and East Asia. If present trends of dustemissions and fossil fuel burning continues in what we call theAnthropocene epoch, then we could experience high atmosphericCO2 levels leading to unusual warming rarely experiencedin Earth's history. This book focuses on human influences onland, ocean, and the atmosphere, to determine if human activitiesare operating within or beyond the safe zones of our planet'sbiological, chemical, and physical systems. Volume highlights include: - Assessment of civic understanding of Earth and itsfuture - Understanding the role of undergraduate geoscience researchand community-driven research on the Anthropocene - Effective communication of science to a broader audiencethat would include the public, the K-12 science community, orpopulations underrepresented in the sciences - Public outreach on climate education, geoscience alliance, and scientific reasoning Future Earth is a valuable practical guide for scientistsfrom all disciplines including geoscientists, museum curators, science educators, and public policy makers. This volume was made possible with the support of the NationalScience Foundation through the National Center for Earth-surfaceDynamics (EAR-0120914) and the Future Earth Initiative(DRL-0741760). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions orrecommendations expressed in this publication are those of theauthor(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NationalScience Foundation.

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Diana Dalbotten, National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota, USA Gillian Roehrig, STEM Education Center, University of Minnesota, USA Patrick Hamilton, Science Museum of Minnesota, USA


Contributors vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xi 1. Welcome to the Anthropocene Patrick Hamilton 1 2. The Anthropocene and the Framework for K?12 Science Education Fred N. Finley 9 3. Teacher Professional Development in the Anthropocene Devarati Bhattacharya, Gillian Roehrig, Anne Kern, and Melinda Howard 19 4. Climate Literacy and Scientific Reasoning Shiyu Liu, Keisha Varma, and Gillian Roehrig 31 5. Evaluation and Assessment of Civic Understanding of Planet Earth Julie C. Libarkin 41 6. Community-Driven Research in the Anthropocene Rajul E. Pandya 53 7. Geoscience Alliance: Building Capacity to Use Science for Sovereignty in Native Communities Nievita Bueno Watts, Wendy Smythe, Emily Geraghty Ward, Diana Dalbotten, Vanessa Green, Mervyn Tano, and Antony Berthelote 67 8. New Voices: The Role of Undergraduate Geoscience Research in Supporting Alternative Perspectives on the Anthropocene Diana Dalbotten, Rebecca Haacker-Santos, and Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer 77 9. Shaping the Public Dialogue on Climate Change William Spitzer 89 10. Opportunities for Communicating Ocean Acidification to Visitors at Informal Science Education Institutions Douglas Meyer and Bill Mott 99 11. City-Wide Collaborations for Urban Climate Education Steven Snyder, Rita Mukherjee Hoffstadt, Lauren B. Allen, Kevin Crowley, Daniel A. Bader, and Radley M. Horton 103 12. On Bridging the Journalism/Science Divide Bud Ward 111 Index 121 Color plate section is located between pages 88 and 89.

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  • ISBN13: 9781118854303
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781118854303
  • weight: 646
  • ISBN10: 1118854306

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