Category Archives: environmental science

IPCC 5th Assessment Report Forthcoming

Coming out later this month here

i pasted some text from the group I fact sheet that demonstrates why the IPCC assessment reports are the most comprehensive and peer reviewed science ever. 9,200 references! ~55,000 comments! no single paper published anywhere at any time has been so comprehensive. single papers, which may disagree with minor aspects of the ARs, pale in comparison (but continue to be used by blog writers to attempt to discredit the AR). single authors also attempt to raise questions, but frequently they are only experts in a minor or related field (eg Don Easterbrook, world class glaciologist, but not a climatologist).

you have questions? WG1AR5_Questions.pdf

you want to read the fact sheet? WG1AR5_Questions.pdf

The Report
1 Scoping Meeting to outline 14 Chapters Over 1000 nominations from 63 countries
209 Lead Authors and 50 Review Editors from 39 countries Over 600 Contributing Authors from 32 countries Over 2 million gigabytes of numerical data from climate model simulations Over 9200 scientific publications cited

The First Order Draft Expert Review
Nearly 1500 individuals registered 21,400 comments from 659 Expert Reviewers from
47 countries

The Second Order Draft Expert and Government Review
Over 1500 individuals registered 31,422 comments from 800 Expert Reviewers from
46 countries and 26 Governments

The Final Government Distribution
1855 comments from 32 Governments on the Final Draft Summary for Policymakers

Total Reviews
54,677 comments 1089 Expert Reviewers from 55 countries 38 Governments

Fall 2013 Geosciences Courses – College of the Redwoods, Eureka

There are several Earth Science courses taught at College of the Redwoods this coming Fall Semester. These are listed below. Please visit to register for any of these classes.

Environmental Science 15 Introduction to Energy 3 units An introductory study of humanity’s past and present use of available energy resources and an examination of potential future directions in energy use. Students will learn about the physical principles of energy resources and consider issues of environmental impact, economics, and sustainability.

Geology 1 Physical Geology 4 units An introductory study of physical geology including earth processes, materials, and changes in these materials through geologic time. Students will study minerals and rocks in the lab and the field, and will explore principles of mineral and rock formation, landform development, plate tectonics, volcanism, folding and faulting, and related topics.

Geology 15 Introduction to Earthquakes and Geologic Hazards 3 units An investigation of geologic and plate-tectonic processes and their relationships to faults, earthquake activity, mountain building, volcanism, landform development, and natural disasters. The course explores plate interactions and the connection to historic geologic disasters including earthquakes, tsunami, and volcanic eruptions. Students will learn about hazard prediction, preparedness, and societal responses to living within a dynamic geologic environment. Here is the website for this course.

Oceanography 10 Introduction to Oceanography 3 units An introduction to the Earth’s ocean including marine environments, geology, plate tectonics, fundamental chemical and physical properties of seawater, atmospheric-oceanic relationships, oceanic circulation, coastal environments and biological productivity. (linked to Oceanography 11)

Oceanography 11 Lab in Oceanography 1 units An exploration of the conceptual material presented in OCEAN-10. Students will acquire practical laboratory and field experience using oceanographic skills, tests, and procedures. Laboratory exercises focus on chart reading, measurements of seafloor movement, seawater chemistry, wave celerity, and microscopic analysis. Field experience includes examination of coastal geology, wave and beach processes, habitats and marine organisms. (linked to Oceanography 10)