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New research by UC Santa Barbara geologist James Kennett and an international group of investigators has narrowed the date to a year range, sometime between 12, and 12, years ago. The researchers used Bayesian statistical analyses of dates taken from 30 sites on more than four continents. By using Bayesian analysis, the researchers were able to calculate more robust age models through multiple, progressive statistical iterations that consider all related age data. In a previous paper, Kennett and colleagues conclusively identified a thin layer called the Younger Dryas Boundary YDB that contains a rich assemblage of high-temperature spherules, melt-glass and nanodiamonds, the production of which can be explained only by cosmic impact. However, in order for the major impact theory to be possible, the YDB layer would have to be the same age globally, which is what this latest paper reports. All together, the locations cover a huge range of distribution, reaching from northern Syria to California and from Venezuela to Canada.

A study of tree rings in Germany also showed evidence of the YDB, as did freshwater and marine varves, the annual laminations that occur in bodies of water. Even stalagmites in China displayed signs of abrupt climate change around the time of the Younger Dryas cooling event. Julie Cohen julie. Skip to main content. Geologist James Kennett and an international team narrow the date of an anomalous cooling event most likely triggered by a cosmic impact. By Julie Cohen. Monday, July 27, - Santa Barbara, CA.

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Types, sources, effects, and control of air pollution. Topics include gaseous pollutants particulates, toxic contaminants, atmospheric dispersion, photochemical smog, acid rain control measures, the clean air act and regulatory trends, indoor air.

Evolution, current status, and alternative futures of agriculture, food and population worldwide. Achieving environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food systems; soil, water, crops, energy and labor; diversity, stability and ecosystems management; farmer and scientist knowledge and collaboration; common property management.

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Introduction to the application of ecological principles and methods to environmental problems in marine habitats. Focus on problems that are local, regional, and global in scale. Concepts illustrated with case studies.

Explores how Geographic Information Systems GIS can help environmental researchers and professionals analyze and communicate the spatial patterns underpinning a wide variety of environmental concerns.

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Introduces students to the basic theory and application of GIS through hands-on application of the technology to environmental questions. Introduces students to the built environment from a global perspective and explores the ways in which infrastructural arrangements are shaped by politics, technologies, ecologies, and ideas.

Case studies include hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, pipelines, electrical grids, undersea cables, roads, bridges, canals, seawalls, and more. Students build on course concepts to research possibilities for ecologically adaptive and resilient cities in the age of climate change. Consent of instructor also required prior to enrollment in the course.

Course may be repeated up to three times for credit, but not more than 8 units total may be used to satisfy major requirements. Investigates current agricultural system and potential benefits and costs of localization. Covers theory, data collection, analysis methods, key indicators greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, migrant labor, nutrition, community healthpolicies and actions for change.

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Students conduct and present research as team. Recommended Preparation: Environmental Studies or Geography The evolution of food plants from domestication to genetic engineering. Patterns of diversity around the world in small-scale, traditionally-based and industrial communities.

Class participation in project on local olive diversity includes field work. Assesses contributions of literary texts to american environmental movements. Examines influences of writers such as Thoreau, Rachel Carson, and Edward Abbey upon environmental perceptions, values, and attitudes in american cultural history and upon rhetorics and politics of contemporary environmental debates.

Surveys strategies and tactics for communicating about the environment and sustainability in various organizational, political, cultural, business, mass media and social media contexts. Students will analyze, evaluate and practice communications methods using a spectrum of communications channels. Recommended Preparation: Geography 3B, lower-division biology and chemistry. Study of physio-chemical and biological characteristics of natural waters, analysis of water pollution and treatment, water-quality regulations.

Laboratory: independent and supervised research of water pollutants and treatment, quantitative analysis of water-quality data and one-day field work. Enrollment Comments: Env.

Water underpins all aspects of development. To evaluate water resources quantitatively, it is critical to understand water availability and water demand. How much water is there, and how is it distributed in space and time? How much water do humans and the environment need?

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Recommended Preparation: Environmental Studies or A. Analyzes the historical and theoretical approaches to environmental assessment methodology and procedures for preparing and reviewing environmental impact reports. Explores strengths and weaknesses of current public policy context. Advanced seminar during which students prepare their own focused environmental impact report on a specific development project.

Includes in-depth discussion of baseline, mitigation, impacts, and public comments. Assignments based on research and fieldwork provide reality professional environmental planning experience.

Course offered every other year. Social, cultural, ethical, biological, and environmental issues surrounding biotechnology BT and the food system. Includes theory and method of BT; scientific, social and political control of BT; effect of BT on genetic diversity, small-scale farmers, the environment, food supply, consumer health.

Course investigates the potential of diet change to mitigate anthropogenic global climate change via production, processing and transport of food, and by improved nutrition and health. The potential for eaters to change diets and policy makers to promote diet change will also be examined.

Chronological Methods 9 - Potassium-Argon Dating. Potassium-Argon Dating Potassium-Argon dating is the only viable technique for dating very old archaeological materials. Geologists have used this method to date rocks as much as 4 billion years old. Comments to: [email protected] Fundamental concepts of geochemistry including radiometric dating, inorganic chemistry, and biogeochemical cycling are introduced. The class examines how chemical principles can be used to solve geological and environmental problems. These concepts are illustrated using classical geology, global change, and hydrology. Emphasis on methods of groundwater dating, Enrollment Comments: Only open to students who will be returning to UCSB for one full year aftertaking the course. Activities determined in consultation with the instructor and may include assisting in laboratories, tutorials.

Consent of instructor required. Same course as Geography FP. Biological, ecological, social, and economic principles of small-scale food production and their practical applications. Includes each student cultivating a garden plot; lab exercises, field trips to local farms and gardens. Basic processes governing geographic distribution patterns of biota, including migration, evolution, isolation, and endemism.

Biogeographic regions and their histories and an introduction to island biogeography. Emphasis on plants and plant geography. One all-day field trip. Enrollment Comments: Same course as Earth Focus on the behavior of dissolved species in rivers.

Examination of the basic advection-diffusion model. Particular emphasis on field data. Same course as Anthropology JH. Focuses on gauchos, cowboys, and indigenous groups, and their cultural practices in relation to the environment. The contrasting ways that they are represented in popular culture and debates about environmental sustainability is examined. Introduction to principles of chemical and isotope tracer hydrology.

Emphasis on methods of groundwater dating, the use of tracers as management tools, and contaminate plume monitoring.

An examination of the key processes that regulate ecosystem productivity and function in terrestrial ecosystems. Specific foci include: plant- soil linkages including decomposition and nutrient supply, and the role of above- and below-ground community composition on element cycles. Recommended Preparation: Introductory economics; electives in biology and natural sciences.

Overview of policy, technology, and economic dimensions of managing wastes in the twenty-first century. Covers the emergence of product stewardship, domestic and international recycling, composting of organic materials, conversion of organic materials to renewable energy, waste incineration and land filling.

EARTH A Field Studies in Geological Methods. EARTH A Graduate Research and Field Seminar. EARTH B Graduate Research Seminar. EARTH Tectonic Geomorphology. EARTH Advanced Stratigraphic and Geomorphic Field Methods. EARTH Seminar in Geologic Problems. Tunable Semiconductor Lasers a tutorial Larry A. Coldren University of California, Santa Barbara, CA [email protected] Agility Communications, Santa Barbara, CA [email protected] Abstract: Tunable semiconductor lasers continue to be in just about everyone’s list of important components for future fiber optic networks. To navigate through the tutorials, you may use the navigation buttons at the bottom of the window. By default, the tutorial will automatically play, unless you are prompted to "click here" to continue. All online tutorials will open in a new window. Adobe Flash is required to view all tutorials.

Traces the history of American attitudes and behavior toward nature. Focus on wilderness, the conservation movement, and modern forms of environmentalism.

Introductory course on economic analysis of environmental policy. Topics include market failure, the evaluation of environmental policy, energy sources, population growth, sustainable development, the optimal levels of biodiversity and pollution, and dispute resolution.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as Economics Provides a rigorous treatment of environmental economics. Introduces students to the politics and policy of the contemporary global energy system. Covers major public policies and politics related to both the electricity and transportation systems. Examines water supply and use, the science of water systems and watersheds, key concepts in water policy, and the basics of water law as a fundamental element of the history and context for water policy in the West.

Course is structured around the major issues in environmental politics, for example: global warming, nuclear waste, deforestation, and chemical pollution. The roles of economics, technology and social organization are each considered as explanatory variables for understanding environmental problems.

Enrollment Comments: Same course as Political Science Analysis of environmental policy issues and their treatment in the political process. Discussion of the interplay of substantive issues, ideology, institutions, and private groups in the development, management, protection, and preservation of natural resources and the natural environment.

Theory and capital theory applied to problems of conservation and management of natural resources. Analysis of public policy with special emphasis on nonrenewable resources, management of forests, deforestation and species extinction, and use of fish and game resources.

Recommended Preparation: Environmental Studies 1 or 2 or 3. Examines historical and contemporary environmental and human rights movements around the world. Students learn theories and concepts from the social sciences and environmental humanities. Introduces students to the theoretical and historical foundations of research on environmental racism and environmental inequality.

Examines social scientific evidence concerning these phenomena and the efforts by community residents, activists, workers, and governments to combat it. Considers the social forces that create environmental inequalities so that we may understand their causes, consequences, and the possibilities for achieving environmental justice.

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Students will master social scientific theories and concepts related to the subject matter. Introduces students to a series of films representing a range of environmental issues, ideas, and interventions. Topics include energy, water, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate change as well as the ecological impacts of media production and consumption.

Special attention is paid to the ways in which film and media affect our imaginations of the world around us and impact our thoughts and actions toward human and non-human environments.

Students work collaboratively on creative film projects. Recommended Preparation: Environmental Studies 1 or Anthropology 2. A philosophical, evolutionary, and cross-cultural analysis of the ways women and men may relate differently to their environment resulting in the design of gender-sensitive and sustainable policies for planning and development in both the developing and the developed world.

Introduction to human environmental rights. Examines the expansion of human rights to include human environmental rights, abuses of human environmental rights, associated social conflicts, and emergent social movements including environmental justice and transnational advocacy networks.

A look at policies and actions by international development agencies and governments, reviewing critiques of their systemic weaknesses, failures, and impacts on local communities and environments. Focuses on case studies of forced displacement, as well as examples from around the world where communities, activists, citizens, and scholars are advocating for alternative policies and actions to promote human rights and social and environmental justice.

Includes role-playing and experiential learning. Survey of contemporary environmental ethics, focusing on both philosophical and applied issues. Topics include anthropocentrism and its alternatives, the role of science and aesthetics, multicultural perspectives and the problem of relativism, and the conflict between radical and reformist environmentalism. An overview of the growing field of religion and ecology in the Americas.

Focus on spiritual traditions and landbased knowledge indigenous to the Western hemisphere. Students majoring in Environmental Studies are required to takethe class at least once for graduation. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 3 units. A series of weekly lectures by distinguished guest speakers designed to offer insight into current research and issues in the diverse intellectual fields that constitute environmental studies.

Colloquium themes vary quarter to quarter. Regular attendance and a brief written evaluation of each lecture is required. Only 4 units total may apply toward major requirements. Opportunities to learn about practical approaches to environmental problem solving by working under faculty direction as interns with local, state, and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, or private business concerned with the environment. Periodic and final reports will be part of the internship.

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Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units provided letter designations are different, but only 12 units may be applied toward the major. One-time course taught by lecturers or guest professors on a special area of interest in environmental studies. Specific course titles and topics to be announced by the Environmental Studies program each quarter. Topics in Marine Conservation. Conservation Planning.


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