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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 9 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week ...

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

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  • Researchers
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Biosphere 2, an Icon of Possibilities

9 videos (Total 50 min), 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 practice exercises
Lecture 1a10m
Lecture 1b10m
Lecture 1c10m
Lecture 1d10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Climate Disruption

7 videos (Total 62 min), 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 reading
Module 2 Supplemental Content10m
3 practice exercises
Lecture 2a10m
Lecture 2b10m
Lecture 2c10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

The Science of Water Availability

7 videos (Total 42 min), 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 practice exercises
Lecture 3a10m
Lecture 3b10m
Lecture 3c10m
Lecture 3d10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Desert Plants, Climate, and Changing Landscapes

7 videos (Total 64 min), 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 reading
Module 4 Supplemental Content10m
4 practice exercises
Lecture 4a10m
Lecture 4b10m
Lecture 4c8m
Lecture 4d10m
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Top reviews from Biosphere 2 Science for the Future of Our Planet

By 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.

By CKJun 24th 2019

I really enjoyed this course and module and it gave me a great deal of food for thought. A great project and a very valuable course.

Instructor

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Kevin E. Bonine, PhD

Director of Education and Outreach
Biosphere 2

About University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the state’s land-grant university and a member of the Association of American Universities—made up of just 62 universities in the country. As one of the world’s premier public research universities, the university conducts more than $625 million of research annually. Home to two allopathic medical schools in Tucson and Phoenix, the UA Tech Park, and a member of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium, the university creates an $8.3 billion economic impact for Arizona. U.S. News and World Report placed 14 University of Arizona graduate programs among the top 20 in the nation and it is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars. With its strategic academic and business plan, “Never Settle,” as its guide, the university is producing graduates who are global citizens, engaged leaders, and fulfilled individuals....

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