millions of humans and natural activities are altering the planet on which
we live. Over the past century, through our ever increasing population
and mastery of technology, we have been changing the global environment
at a pace unknown to natural history.
The University of Michigan's
Global Change Program offers an interdisciplinary three
semester introductory course sequence that investigates the causes
and potential impacts of global change using a combination of
traditional lecture-based and modern web-based teaching methodologies.
The courses can be taken alone or in conjunction with companion
courses toward completion of the
Global Change Minor.
In Global Change
2 - Human Impacts, students will study the recent, explosive growth of
the human population, and the impacts on land, air, and water resources
and on biological diversity produced by human advances in technology
and institutions. The course concludes by considering the political
and policy considerations relevant to the transition to a more sustainable
future. In addition to discussions, hands-on simulations with Geographic Information Systems
(ArcGIS) are used to investigate the spatial impacts of these activities.