ES2lecture2 - • Energy and material conversions – heat...

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Lecture 2 Environmental Science Study of what leads to environmental problems and how they can be solved Group of linked social and physical sciences Attempts to explain how life is sustained Themes: earth as a living system, etc. o Cumulative effect of small actions o The environment will be the defining theme of our generation Environmental Systems (i.e. vernal pools) System Theory o An interdisciplinary field of science that studies the complex systems in nature and society A set or collection of objects that work together and relate to produce an outcome Example: car, geosystem (biosphere), ecosystem Car: input fuel, oxygen (energy); output: exhaust, heat energy, motion, etc.
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Unformatted text preview: • Energy and material conversions – heat loss • Energy and material storage – heat loss • Output: energy/matter Systems allow you to take complex components and whittle them down Change (aspects) – part of the way of the universe – the only constant in the universe • Normal, necessary, anxiety producing, deliberate, predictable, easy or hard to recognize • Types of change: o Gradual: normal, expected (child growth) o Sudden: new conditions are established o Accelerating: may be difficult to deal with...
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