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ENVS 384W Research in the Anthropocene (4)

The Anthropocene is defined as the latest geologic age where human activity has been a dominant driver on the climate and environment. This research intensive course focuses on methods to observe and learn from the physical evidence of human influence on the environment that is preserved and recorded within the geologic record. Taking advantage of the diverse and dynamic geology of Oregon, the course incorporates field trips, data collection and data analysis to interpret how people have influenced weathering, hillslope, alluvial, fluvial, and coastal processes for the past 10,000 years. We will examine the consequences of both intentional and unintentional manipulation of surface processes. Data will be derived from sediment analysis, geomorphic modeling, and 3D photogrammetry. Students will be expected to write and present reports to disseminate their findings.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Natural Sciences
  • Prerequisite: ENVS 121
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Pike

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