Educational Resources

CZ Science 7. Humans in the Critical Zone

A Pennsylvania cliff, illustrating a cross section of the Critical Zone with trees, soil, and bedrock.
A Pennsylvania cliff, illustrating a cross section of the Critical Zone with trees, soil, and bedrock.
This module examines how geoscientists study processes in the Critical Zone and the interactions between natural processes and human activities that affect it. The module is part of a undergraduate course on CZ Science hosted by InTeGrate SERC.

Grades 15 - 16
GIS/RemoteSensing • SocialScience
Curriculum


Educational Objectives

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Develop scientific and geoscientific habits of mind through geospatial environmental analysis.
  • Identify, interpret and develop mediation techniques to address human impacts to the Critical Zone.
  • Identify and explain the impacts of various methods of agricultural production on soils.
  • Critically examine research proposals and describe how the proposal would address CZ questions and grand challenges.

More on this module's objectives can be found here.

Visit this resource

Audience
Higher Education


Observatory: National CZO

Author(s): Susan Gill (Stroud Water Research Center), Ashlee Dere (University of Nebraska - Omaha), and Jim Washburne (Pima Community College and University of Arizona)


Contact(s):


Funding: National Science Foundation–funded SERC InTeGrate project

Related Resource(s):


Details for this Resource

The unit will include exercises that ask students to develop and implement strategies to address anthropogenic environmental impacts while also considering impacts to communities. Specifically, it will look at issues such as land-use change, access to potable water and universal access to food. In so doing, the unit will specifically address the human impacts on water availability and food supplies.