This book offers a general discussion of global environmental change geared toward readers like you. It presents both Earth science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as a discussion of the human dimensions of change. The text's unifying theme is consideration of aspects of both natural and human-induced global environmental change.
1. Introduction: The Changing Planetary System 2. Earth's Lithosphere: Geologic Time and Building Blocks 3. Earth's Lithosphere: Plate Tectonics 4. The Fluid Earth: Atmosphere 5. The Fluid Earth: Hydrosphere and Air-Sea Interactions 6. Our Living Planet: Earth's Ecosphere 7. Biogeochemical Cycles of Carbon, Nutrients, and Oxygen 8. Historical Framework of Global Environmental Change 9. Human Forcings on the Ecosphere: World Population, Development and Resource Consumption 10. The Changing Earth Surface: Terrestrial Vegetation 11. The Changing Earth Surface: Land and Water 12. The Changing Atmosphere: Acid Deposition and Photochemical Smog 13. The Changing Atmosphere: Pleistocene and Holocene Environmental Change 14. The Changing Atmosphere: Global Warming and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion 15. Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change