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Biosphere 2, an Icon of Possibilities

Why would anyone build an enormous glass structure in the Arizona desert? In Module 1, you will get a virtual introduction to the engineering marvel that is Biosphere 2. Learn about the fascinating history of Biosphere 2 and how it is currently used as the world’s best research instrument for earth systems science. Discover how the ocean, rainforest, and desert can be studied in one enclosed, three-acre structure in the Arizona desert. With Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, University of Arizona (UA) Vice President for Innovation, Director of Biosphere 2, Dean of UA Science, Geoscientist, and John Adams, Deputy Director, UA Biosphere 2.

9 videos (Total 50 minutos), 4 quizzes
9 videos
Meet Joaquin Ruiz, Director of Biosphere 21m
Module 1 Intro2m
Meet John Adams2m
Lecture 1a – Introducing Biosphere 25m
Lecture 1b - The Story of Biosphere 29m
Lecture 1c - Biosphere 2 Research13m
Lecture 1d - Biosphere 2 and the Water Cycle10m
Module 1 Wrap Up1m
4 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 1a10m
Lecture 1b10m
Lecture 1c10m
Lecture 1d10m
2 horas para completar

Climate Disruption

How do we know that human activity is changing the climate? In Module 2, you will hear from scientists who reconstruct past climates by unlocking information held in ancient trees. Discover how tree rings help us understand drought and wildfire patterns across time and space. Learn what global warming is, exactly, and how it is accelerated by carbon emissions. With Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis, Geography and UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Dr. David Frank, UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

7 videos (Total 62 minutos), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Meet Kevin Anchukaitis1m
Lecture 2a - Global Warming and Carbon Dioxide17m
Lecture 2b - Rain, Snow, & Climate Change19m
Meet David Frank1m
Lecture 2c - Fires & Climate Disruption17m
Module 2 Wrap Up1m
1 lectura
Module 2 Supplemental Content10m
3 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 2a10m
Lecture 2b10m
Lecture 2c10m
1 hora para completar

The Science of Water Availability

Where is Earth’s water? In Module 3, you will learn about the global water cycle and discover how much water exists, where it exists, and how it moves around the environment. Learn how Biosphere 2 and Critical Zone research are used to study the water cycle. With Dr. Peter Troch, Director of Science at Biosphere 2, UA Hydrology.

7 videos (Total 42 minutos), 4 quizzes
7 videos
Meet Peter Troch1m
Lecture 3a - Water on Earth11m
Lecture 3b - How much water do we use?5m
Lecture 3c - How will climate change affect water availability?9m
Lecture 3d - Water cycle research10m
Module 3 Wrap Up1m
4 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 3a10m
Lecture 3b10m
Lecture 3c10m
Lecture 3d10m
2 horas para completar

Desert Plants, Climate, and Changing Landscapes

How can many different species coexist in once place? In Module 4, go beyond Biosphere 2 to UA Tumamoc Hill—the world’s oldest long-term desert ecology research site near the University of Arizona. Learn how living and nonliving components of the environment are related, how different species coexist, and how climate variation affects Sonoran Desert plants. With Dr. Larry Venable, UA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

7 videos (Total 64 minutos), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Meet Larry Venable2m
Lecture 4a - Biodiversity and its maintenance13m
Lecture 4b - Functional traits and diversity12m
Lecture 4c - Vegetation response to climate change17m
Lecture 4d - Biological bet hedging14m
Module 4 Wrap Up1m
1 lectura
Module 4 Supplemental Content10m
4 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 4a10m
Lecture 4b10m
Lecture 4c8m
Lecture 4d10m
1 hora para completar

Rainforests in an Altered World

What can the Biosphere 2 rainforest tell us about the future? Module 5 focuses on tropical rainforests in the Amazon Basin of South America, and the controlled rainforest inside Biosphere 2. Learn about the fascinating activity of tropical forests, the major roles they play in global climate, and the potential impacts of deforestation and climate change. With Dr. Joost Van Haren, Biosphere 2, UA Honors, and Dr. Scott Saleska, UA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

5 videos (Total 30 minutos), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Meet Joost Van Haren2m
Lecture 5a - The Biosphere 2 Rainforest12m
Lecture 5b - Tropical Rainforests of the Amazon11m
Module 5 Wrap Up1m
2 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 5a10m
Lecture 5b10m
2 horas para completar

Sea Changes in our Marine Environment

Why are coral reefs in peril, and what can we do about it? In Module 6, discover the immense role that oceans play in global climate, heat distribution, and human livelihoods. Learn why global warming is sometimes called ocean warming, how ocean acidification affects marine life, and innovative ways in which the ocean is studied. With Dr. Julia Cole, U. of Michigan, UA Biosphere 2 Marine Research.

7 videos (Total 54 minutos), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Meet Julia Cole1m
Lecture 6a - The ocean, climate, and humans8m
Lecture 6b - Global warming, Ocean warming12m
Lecture 6c - Acidification: Warming's evil twin12m
Lecture 6d - The global coral reef crisis15m
Module 6 Wrap Up1m
1 lectura
Module 6 Supplemental Content10m
4 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 6a10m
Lecture 6b10m
Lecture 6c10m
Lecture 6d10m
2 horas para completar

Soil Science - Foundations & Implications

How can soil be alive? In Module 7, discover the fascinating, microscopic world within soils and their critical role in Earth systems. Learn how soils provide functions and services that make them vital to our health and wellbeing. With Dr. Rachel Gallery, UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Dr. Katerina Dontsova, UA Soil Water & Environmental Science, Biosphere 2.

8 videos (Total 63 minutos), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
8 videos
Meet Katerina Dontsova2m
Lecture 7a - Why do we care about soil?19m
Meet Rachel Gallery1m
Lecture 7b - Soil biodiversity13m
Lecture 7c - Soil microorganisms17m
Lesson 7d - Soils and human survival5m
Module 7 Wrap Up1m
1 lectura
Module 7 Supplemental Content10m
4 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 7a10m
Lecture 7b10m
Lecture 7c10m
Lecture 7d10m
2 horas para completar

Feeding the Future

Can a Mars or Lunar greenhouse help feed people on Earth? In Module 8, learn how space-farming models can be applied on Earth as we move towards a global population of 10 billion people. Discover innovative controlled agricultural systems, learn more about how plants grow, and get a chance to produce your own hydroponically grown vegetables at home! With Dr. Gene Giacomelli, UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center.

6 videos (Total 45 minutos), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Meet Gene Giacomelli2m
Lecture 8a - Plant processes and the Lunar Greenhouse13m
Lecture 8b - Controlled Environment Agriculture14m
Lecture 8c - Home Grown Hydroponics12m
Module 8 Wrap Up1m
1 lectura
Module 8 Supplemental Content10m
3 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 8a10m
Lecture 8b10m
Lecture 8c10m
3 horas para completar

Life and Resources in Space - Should We Go There?

When will humans live beyond Earth’s gravity? Module 9 is a fascinating and inspiring journey into space. Ignite your imagination as you learn about space tourism, asteroid-mining, moon elevators, robotic space explorers, and Mars colonization. While focusing on space, this module is sure to reaffirm your appreciation of Planet Earth. With Dr. Chris Impey, Associate Dean UA College of Science, UA Astronomy.

8 videos (Total 135 minutos), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
8 videos
Meet Chris Impey2m
Lecture 9a - Living on a finite planet12m
Lecture 9b - Resources in space19m
Lecture 9c - The future of space travel33m
Lecture 9d - The Moon and Mars38m
Lecture 9e - Living Beyond Earth24m
Module 9 Wrap Up1m
1 lectura
Module 9 Supplemental Content10m
5 ejercicios de práctica
Lecture 9a10m
Lecture 9b10m
Lecture 9c12m
Lecture 9d10m
Lecture 9e10m
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por WKMay 11th 2018

This course covered so many interesting things and topics, and also went into some astronomy, which I really enjoy. Overall would recommend this course if you are interested in Earth.

por BSSep 12th 2018

I really loved this course! So much information and really well laid out in great modules.



Kevin E. Bonine, PhD

Director of Education and Outreach
Biosphere 2

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