1 - Introduction Lectures 1 and 2

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Unformatted text preview: H2O (l) + CO2 (g) è༎ CH2O (s) + O2 (g) Evidence that Earth Systems are coupled •  Differences between a planet with and without life is that those without life are in/near thermodynamic equilibrium •  Earth - chemical cons=tuents are ogen not in thermodynamic equilibrium. •  Biosphere maintains this disequilibrium Evidence of coupling of Earth Systems? Example of Integra=on of Global Systems •  Hydrological cycle •  Water is the transport medium for many chemical species, »  for nutrients to the biosphere »  water vapour condensed into clouds exerts a major control on planetary albedo »  water transports heat via ocean circula=on •  Earth systems approach s=ll requires the development of a strong base in the disciplinary sciences, as these form the basic building blocks from which we unde...
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