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Science and the Global Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128017128, 9780128018088

Science and the Global Environment

1st Edition

Case Studies for Integrating Science and the Global Environment

Authors: Alan McIntosh Jennifer Pontius
Paperback ISBN: 9780128017128
eBook ISBN: 9780128018088
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 16th September 2016
Page Count: 514
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Case Studies for Integrating Science and the Global Environment is designed to help students of the environment and natural resources make the connections between their training in science and math and today’s complex environmental issues. The book provides an opportunity for students to apply important skills, knowledge, and analytical tools to understand, evaluate, and propose solutions to today’s critical environmental issues.

The heart of the book includes four major content areas: water resources; the atmosphere and air quality; ecosystem alteration; and global resources and human needs. Each of these sections features in-depth case studies covering a range of issues for each resource, offering rich opportunities to teach how various scientific disciplines help inform the issue at hand. Case studies provide readers with experience in interpreting real data sets and considering alternate explanations for trends shown by the data. This book helps prepare students for careers that require collaboration with stakeholders and co-workers from various disciplines.

Key Features

  • Includes global case studies using real data sets that allow readers to practice interpreting data and evaluating alternative explanations
  • Focuses on critical skills and knowledge, encouraging readers to apply science and math to real world problems
  • Employs a system-based approach, linking air, water, and land resources to help readers understand that cause-effect may be complex and solutions to environmental problems require multiple perspectives
  • Includes special features such as links to video clips of scientists at work, boxed information, a solutions section at the end of each case study, and practice exercises


Upper-level UG/Grad Students in Environmental Science

Table of Contents


Section I: Tools of the Trade

Section 1.1: Introduction

Section 1.2: Thinking Like a Statistician

Section 1.2.1: Critiquing Statistics You Encounter

Section 1.2.2: Experimental Design and Sampling

Section 1.2.3: Describing and Visualizing Data

Section 1.2.4: Examining Relationships: Correlations

Section 1.2.5: Exploring Differences: t-tests and ANOVA’s

Section 1.2.6: Making Predictions: Regression Analyses

Section 1.2.7: Making it Count: Working with Frequencies and the ᵡ2 Test

Section 1.3: Common Environmental Science Applications

Section 1.3.1: Carbon Footprints

Section 1.3.2: Ecological Footprints

Section 1.3.3: Cost Benefit Analyses

Section 1.3.4: Environmental Risk Assessments

Section 1.3.5: Life Cycle Assessments

Section 1.3.6: Geospatial Analyses

Section 1.3.7: Communicating Like a Professional

Section II: Global Water Resources

Section 2.1: Introduction

Case Study 2.2: The Everglades: Changing Hydrology

Case Study 2.3: Mediterranean Sea: One system, many stressors

Case Study 2.4: Gulf of Mexico: Dead Zone

Case Study 2.5: Restoration: A Tale of Two Rivers

Case Study 2.6: Ocean Acidification

Case Study 2.7: Ground Water: What Lies Beneath

Case Study 2.8: China’s Three Gorges Dam: Costs vs. Benefits

Section III: Air Quality and Atmospheric Science

Section 3.1: Introduction

Case Study 3.2: Ozone Depletion

Case Study 3.3: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Case Study 3.4: Particulate Matter Pollution (PM)

Case Study 3.5: Industrial Smokestack Pollution

Case Study 3.6: Household Air Pollution (HAP)

Case Study 3.7: Climate Change

Section IV: Human Impacts on the Global Landscape

Section 4.1: Introduction

Case Study 4.2: Bark Beetle Infestation

Case Study 4.3: Alberta’s Tar Sands

Case Study 4.4: Desertification

Case Study 4.5: The Amazon Rain Forests

Case Study 4.6: Electronic Waste (e-waste)

Case Study 4.7: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Section V: Looking Ahead


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About the Authors

Alan McIntosh

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. After receiving his PhD in limnology at Michigan State University, Professor McIntosh taught at Purdue University and Rutgers University before joining the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont. He chaired the Environmental Sciences major in the Rubenstein School from 1995 until 2013 and taught a number of environmental courses, including the introductory environmental science course each semester during that period. His research interests focused on the fate and effects of toxic contaminants in freshwater ecosystems. He has authored a number of scholarly publications in his area of expertise.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Universty of Vermont, USA

Jennifer Pontius

Professor Pontius is a research ecologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and a Research Assistant Professor of remote sensing and statistics at the University of Vermont. In addition to examining the role of climate in forest ecosystem structure and function, Dr. Pontius is the Director of the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative, a network of over 150 environmental professionals dedicated to the sustainable management of Vermont’s forest ecosystems. Her focus is on bridging the gap between science and management through novel tools and techniques such as geospatial analysis, structured decision frameworks, and statistical models.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Ecologist, US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Research Assistant, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, USA

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