Abstract: The last 100, 150 years have been a period of accelerating transformation of our planet's surface. Particularly significant changes have occurred in the last 50 years. They mainly concern land cover, including massive deforestation on a global scale, urban sprawl, overexploitation of resources, including fresh water, changes in the distribution of many plant and animal species, including, among others, the appearance of invasive species on the one hand, and the extinction of many species with limited geographic ranges on the other. In recent years, these phenomena, and the links between them and feedbacks from human activities, have become increasingly well understood. During the course, we will discuss the above issues, both in relation to the global scale and, with selected examples, on a regional and local scales.
Assessment: essay written at home (subject will be discussed at the first lecture),
Credits: 3 ECTS
Program of the studies: “GeoPlanet” interdisciplinary subjects (item 2.2 in the program of the studies)
Date & time: Tuesdays, 10:00am, first lecture: October 25th
Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation, Polish Academy of Sciences