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Earth Systems Science


Real World: Earth System Science

Learn about Earth System Science and how systems are formed when parts interconnecting with other parts make a whole. See how the use of graphs, charts and drawings help communicate thinking.

Earth System Science and Society Part-1

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Earth Systems Science 112. Global Climate Change. Lecture 04.

UCI Earth Systems Science 112: Global Climate Change (Fall 2014)
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Earth System Science 23. Air Pollution. Lecture 1. Logistics/Definition of Air Pollution

UCI ESS 23: Air Pollution (Fall 2013)
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Instructor: Saewung Kim, Ph.D.

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Description: We will discuss sciences and societal consequences of air pollution problems such as: photochemical smog, atmospheric particle pollution, indoor pollution, acid rain, and human triggered climate change. Essential concepts of chemistry, physics, meteorology and mathematics will be introduced. The consequences of air pollution will be discussed in historical and international perspectives. The main educational goal is raising critical thinking skills for the students to develop their own opinions future environmental issues.

Recorded September 26, 2013.

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Earth's Systems and How they Work

Notes for Mr. Dove's APES Class. This is an introduction to the Earth's major systems and how they work.

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Earth Systems Science 2018
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Real World: Earth System Science

This NASA video segment introduces Earth System Science. Examples are provided that explain how systems are created by parts interconnecting with other parts to make a whole. Color animation and examples of systems model how they work. The use of graphs, charts, and drawings to communicate thinking is emphasized in this segment.

Big Idea 3: Earth's Systems Interact

Observe the events that show how Earth works as a set of interconnected systems.

E3SM: DOE’s New, State-of-the-Science Earth System Model

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today unveiled a powerful, new earth system model that uses the world’s fastest computers so that scientists can better understand how earth system processes interact today and how they may evolve in the future. The Energy Exascale Earth System model, or E3SM, is the product of four years of development by top geophysical and computational scientists across DOE’s laboratory complex. This video highlights the capabilities and goals of the E3SM project. For more information, visit

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E3SM Model Simulations
Peter Bosler, Sandia National Laboratories
Peter Caldwell, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Chris Golaz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Robert Jacob, Argonne National Laboratory
Noel Keen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Jayesh Krishna, Argonne National Laboratory
Wuyin Lin, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Mathew Maltrud, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Azamat Mametjanov, Argonne National Laboratory
Qi Tang, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Luke Van Roekel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jon Wolfe, Los Alamos National Laboratory
And the rest of the E3SM Team

E3SM Project Team Leadership
Dorothy Koch, DOE Program Manager, Earth System Modeling
David Bader, Principal Investigator and Council Chair, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ruby Leung, Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mark Taylor, Chief Computational Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories
Renata B McCoy, Project Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Philip Rasch, Council Member and Atmosphere Group Lead, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Shaocheng Xie, Atmosphere Group Lead, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Todd Ringler, Council Member and Ocean/Ice Group lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Stephen Price, Ocean/Ice Group Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Peter E Thornton, Council Member and Land Group Lead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
William J Riley, Council Member and Land Group Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Kate Calvin, Land Group Lead, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Philip Jones, Council Member and Performance Group Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Pat Worley, Performance Group Lead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Robert Jacob, Council Member and Software Engineer/Coupler Group Lead, Argonne National Laboratory
Andrew G Salinger, Software Engineer/Coupler Group Lead, Sandia National Laboratories
Dean Williams, Council Member and Workflow Group Lead, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Valentine Anantharaj, Workflow Group Lead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
James J Hack, Ex-officio Council Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
William Large, Ex-officio Council Member, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Esmond G Ng, Ex-officio Council Member, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Earth Systems in 2 Minutes

The earth is a system of complex interactions.

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NASA Connect segment explaining Earth System Science. The video also explores how modern technology studies the many different areas of Earth System Science.

What Is Planet Earth Made Of? | Earth Systems Science

Celebrate Earth Day! This fun, animated science video for children teaches fun facts about PLANET EARTH and it's four systems: atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere - explained in 3 minutes! This short cartoon science art lesson is packed with information about planet earth and how its four layers interact to create our amazing earth! Use to teach kids in the classroom or at home about each of Earth's four systems. S.T.E.M. For Kids!

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Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 1. Introduction and the Scientific Method

UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
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Instructor: Julie Ferguson, Ph.D.

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Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

Recorded on September 27, 2013

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Earth System Science 1: Intro to ESS. Lecture 2. Systems and Feedbacks

UCI ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013)
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Description: Earth System Science covers the following topics: the origin and evolution of the Earth, atmosphere, oceans, perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system.

Recorded September 30, 2013.

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Earth system science (ESS) is the application of systems science to the Earth sciences. In particular, it considers interactions between the Earth's spheres—atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, pedosphere, biosphere, and, even, the magnetosphere—as well as the impact of human societies on these components. At its broadest scale, Earth system science brings together researchers across both the natural and social sciences, from fields including ecology, economics, geology, glaciology, meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, sociology, and space science. Like the broader subject of systems science, Earth system science assumes a holistic view of the dynamic interaction between the Earth's spheres and their many constituent subsystems, the resulting organization and time evolution of these systems, and their stability or instability. Subsets of Earth system science include systems geology and systems ecology, and many aspects of Earth system science are fundamental to the subjects of physical geography and climate science.

The Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, offers the following description: Earth system science embraces chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and applied sciences in transcending disciplinary boundaries to treat the Earth as an integrated system. It seeks a deeper understanding of the physical, chemical, biological and human interactions that determine the past, current and future states of the Earth. Earth system science provides a physical basis for understanding the world in which we live and upon which humankind seeks to achieve sustainability.

For millennia, humans have speculated how the physical and living elements on the surface of the Earth combine, with gods and goddesses frequently posited to embody specific elements. The notion that the Earth, itself, is alive was a regular theme of Greek philosophy and religion. Early scientific interpretations of the Earth system began in the field of geology, initially in the Middle East and China, and largely focused on aspects such as the age of the Earth and the large-scale processes involved in mountain and ocean formation. As geology developed as a science, understanding of the interplay of different facets of the Earth system increased, leading to the inclusion of factors such as the Earth's interior, planetary geology and living systems.

In many respects, the foundational concepts of Earth system science can be seen in the holistic interpretations of nature promoted by the 19th century geographer Alexander von Humboldt. In the 20th century, Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945) saw the functioning of the biosphere as a geological force generating a dynamic disequilibrium, which in turn promoted the diversity of life. In the mid-1960s, James Lovelock first postulated a regulatory role for the biosphere in feedback mechanisms within the Earth system. Initially named the Earth Feedback hypothesis, Lovelock later renamed it the Gaia hypothesis, and subsequently further developed the theory with American evolutionary theorist Lynn Margulis during the 1970s. In parallel, the field of systems science was developing across numerous other scientific fields, driven in part by the increasing availability and power of computers, and leading to the development of climate models that began to allow the detailed and interacting simulations of the Earth's weather and climate. Subsequent extension of these models has led to the development of Earth system models (ESMs) that include facets such as the cryosphere and the biosphere.

As an integrative field, Earth system science assumes the histories of a vast range of scientific disciplines, but as a discrete study it evolved in the 1980s, particularly at NASA, where a committee called the Earth System Science Committee was formed in 1983. The earliest reports of NASA's ESSC, Earth System Science: Overview (1986), and the book-length Earth System Science: A Closer View (1988), constitute a major landmark in the formal development of Earth system science. Early works discussing Earth system science, like these NASA reports, generally emphasized the increasing human impacts on the Earth system as a primary driver for the need of greater integration among the life and geo-sciences, making the origins of Earth system science parallel to the beginnings of global change studies and programs.

Four Spheres Part 1 (Geo and Bio): Crash Course Kids #6.1

In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks about two of the four spheres that make up our planet; The Geosphere and the Biosphere. What's in these spheres? How do they affect us? How do they fit into the puzzle that is Earth? All is contained within!

This first series is based on 5th grade science. We're super excited and hope you enjoy Crash Course Kids!

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5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. [Clarification Statement: Examples could include the influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; the influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; and the influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are each a system.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to the interactions of two systems at a time.]

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A brief overview to the area of Earth Systems Science where we will be looking at the different spheres that make up Earth as a complex adaptive system.

Earth systems science is the interdisciplinary study of earth as a complex system, composed of multiple physical and biological process that interact within cycles or spheres to give rise to the overall state of the earth as an entire systems.

Of cause people have been studying earth for a long time, geologies study the formation of rocks, metrologies are interested in the atmosphere and so on,
With all of these different domains supported by the deep understanding of our physical environment that physics has built up over the past few centuries.

But it is only more recently that satellites have started to allow us to see earth as an entirety and human activity has begun to have a significant enough effect to alter earth systems making it increasingly important for us to be able to model and manage them.

From space we can view the net results of earths complex interactions and with high-tech sensors on land and in the ocean, we are getting an clear idea of its overall make up, from this researchers in different domains are discovering how their pieces of the puzzle are related to each other.

Earth systems science then tries to develop models that gives an integrated picture of how all these parts fit together, the first of these models is of earth as a systems in space with inputs and outputs of energy or radiation from the sun, with this energy being the primary factor in driving the dynamics process within the system.

As opposed to focusing on the static properties of earths individual components
Earth systems science instead takes a more dynamic view of the world, studying the ways energy and materials cycle through the different subsystems or what are called -spheres

Earths different sphere are largely defined by the different phases of mater they are composed of thus the atmosphere is composed of gasses, the hydrosphere of liquid water and the lithosphere solid minerals added to this is the biosphere
The sum of all biological material and processes.

Within each sphere a process called a cycles take place, for example in the lithosphere we have the rock cycle driven by the thermal energy within earth's interior that releases minerals through ocean ridges and volcanoes that are weathered as they cycle through earths crust and are eventual subducted returning to their origin

The hydro cycle driven by the thermal energy of the sun, cycles water between the earths surface and atmosphere through the process of evaporation, condensation and precipitation, this process helps to distribute moisture to support ecosystems at a variety of locations

The atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding the planet that is held in place by gravity, it is the primary vehicle of temperature and climate regulation through the Cycle of carbon in and out of the atmosphere where it functions, through the green house effect to trap the suns heart.

The biosphere is the relatively thin layer of Earth's surface that supports all biological activity on earth. The biosphere is a system also characterized by the continuous cycling of matter and energy in the form of the flow of solar energy and nutrient mineral cycles.

Solar energy flows through the biosphere along a unidirectional path, as the suns energy is inputted through plant photosynthesis and process up through what are called trophic levels form primary producers to herbivores and on to predators and apex predators.

Along side the flow of energy through food webs it the cycling of mineral nutrients the core substances required for the construction of biological materials and processes, carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen have been continuously cycled through the biosphere from one generation to the next for billions of years

These different spheres interact to create a unique state or ecosystem, an ecosystems is the combination of a community of biological organism and a particular physical environment with which they interact...

The Earth System

This video describes the four main components of the Earth system (atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere), how matter is exchanged between the components, and how a change in some aspect of one part of the system will result in changes in other system components. We describe the Earth system in terms of reservoirs and flux between them and discuss how the movement of carbon occurs between system components.

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