ESE Colloquium Reading Assignment-1 Summary

ESE Colloquium Reading Assignment-1 Summary - ESE...

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ESE Colloquium (CE59700-025; Fall 2010) HUMAN APPROPRIATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES (Class Discussion Summary) P. Suresh C. Rao (09/01/2010) Learning Goals: Primary focus of the reading assignment was to learn about the global-scale impacts of human utilization of natural resources, especially the rapidly increasing rate of such “appropriation” over the past century or so, correlated to increasing population, economic prosperity, and technology intensification. Here are the questions I had in mind for selecting the five papers: Have we already exceeded the “carrying capacity” of the planet and/or the “sustainable appropriation rate” to meet our needs? What are the likely long-term consequences of “status quo” (i.e., business-as-usual scenarios)? What can we learn from the past (the geographic, cultural, historical, anthropological, etc.) of the “place” (say, North America), in contemplating and mapping the future trajectories? What can we learn from multiple approaches used by the authors of the five reading assignments, in terms of their reliability, utility, etc (methods, analyses, indicators, results, interpretations, etc.)? Remember that these analyses were conducted at the large spatial and temporal scales. My thanks to the P2P Mentors for: (1) their leadership in organizing the group discussions; and (2) their skillful management of the subsequent discussion. Second, I was very impressed with the quality of the discussions, and the panel presentations; I look forward the rest of the semester, as we explore
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