AUTHORS: The American Geological Institute - ©2011
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING OUR CHANGING EARTH, offers a unique approach to teaching both Earth Science and Environmental Science –through the use of the Earth Systems approach in pedagogy. Earth system science provides a framework for developing a truly innovative environmental science curriculum. An interdisciplinary environmental science curriculum that emphasizes Earth systems helps you develop the underlying science and knowledge, forming the foundation for policy discussion. Moreover, the critical component of environmental science is the focus on how earth systems interact with human society. This subject uniquely ties the physical sciences with social sciences, constituting an opportunity to demonstrate the widest application of science to life. Within this context of human interaction is the need to address concepts of risk and cost-benefit. Through this book, you will understand the process of decision-making made by policy-makers when using earth system information.