Geography 3330 - University of Utah

Urban Environmental Geography

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CLASS SESSIONS – GEOG3330 – URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY – SPRING 2010

References to texts: T&C = Encounter Geosystems;  C = Elemental Geosystems
Dates for lectures, presentations, and assignments can be relied on… however detailed information may change. YES there have been some changes. This table is kept up to date for deadlines. For example, most assignments are due a full week after they are handed out. So check back here for assignments and due dates.
LINK to list of assignments as a chart and individually from this chart.
LINKS to day’s topics and assignment will be added as the course progresses.

Session

Date

Topics

Source

In-Class application / activity / lab / exercise /action.

Part 1.
Why this course? Definitions and distinctions… urban environmental geography, science, Earth systems, physical geography, history, physical and life sciences. Impacts of cities on environment. Impacts of environments on cities. Google Earth.

01

1/11
Mon

Earth systems and urban settings.
Overview – Urban Environmental Geography, Historical Trends

McNeill. (2000), Ch 1, e-reserve.
Google Earth

HW01a, b, c. --At end of class or 1/13

02

1/13
Wed

Earth systems and urban settings.
Definitions and distinctions –
Science theme #1 of Geog3330: energy (heat)   

C Ch 1;
T&C prologue

Green sheet 02, at end of class.

HW03--At end of class, hand in, or at beginning of 1/20.

1/18 – no class - Holiday in honor of Rev. M. L. King

03

1/20
Wed

Earth systems and urban settings.
Cities and Geography. Essentials of Geography. Location and Contours.

T&C Ch 1
C Ch1, 2, and appendix A.

HW04—Due beginning of 1/27... note, not due 1/25:

Part 2. -- HW02-LAB LEADERSHIP Overview GuideFormat
Examine urban settings in the context of the five subsystems of Earth systems: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and anthrosphere.

04

1/25
Mon

Earth’s Atmosphere and urban settings. Cities, solar energy, and Earth’s atmosphere.
Science: Energy … forms, interchangeable, thermodynamics

C Ch 2 and 3

 

05

1/27
Wed

Earth’s Atmosphere and urban settings.
T&C Ch 2 - 30 min - Solar Energy, Seasons and the Atmosphere --- Daniel Bogan and Ritchy Hitoto
T&C Ch 3- 30 min – Atmospheric energy and global temperatures – Sean Meyer and Ross Winsor

T&C Ch 3

Green Sheet05

HW05—Due beginning of 2/3. Your urban setting and consequences of its solar energy.

06

2/1
Mon

Earth’s Atmosphere / Hydrosphere and urban settings.
Science of circulation of atmosphere and oceans

C Ch 4 and 5

 

07

2/3
Wed

Earth’s Atmosphere / Hydrosphere and urban settings
T&C Ch 4 -- Atmospheric and ocean circulation ---
T&C Ch 5 -- Atmospheric water and weather --- Clark Nelson, Jackie Gordon and Chelsea Smith

T&C Ch 4 and 5

Green Sheet07

HW06 – Due beginning of 2/10. Your urban setting and coupled systems

08

2/8
Mon

Earth’s Hydrosphere and urban settings
Science: wondrous water, the water cycle;
Earth’s hydrosphere and atmosphere and urban settings.
Science: water cycle, climate systems, climate change, water balance, uncertainty.

C Ch 6, Ch 7, and Appendix B

 

 

09

2/10
Wed

Earth’s hydrosphere and urban settings.
Watersheds and divides. Drainage basins based on hydrology.

USGS links

In-class exercise HW07, REVISED... SEE INSTRUCTIONS. NOTE: we'll do this in class.

HW08—Due beginning of 4/7. Your Profile for your setting.

10

2/15
Mon

HOLIDAY!!!

 

 

11

2/17
Wed

Earth’s hydrosphere and atmosphere and urban settings.
T&C Ch 6 - Water resources ---
T&C Ch 7 - Climate systems and climate change --- PRESENTERS - Tess Harper, Jing Zhau, and Vili Kotobalavu

T&C Ch 6 and 7

HW09 – Due beginning of 2/24. Your urban setting … climate and climate change

Rubric

12

2/22
Mon

Earth’s geosphere and urban settings.
Science: tectonics and isostasy; energy, heat, gravity, and structure of Earth’s geosphere; physiographic provinces.

C Ch 8 and 9

Green sheet

 

13

2/24
Wed

Earth’s geosphere and urban settings.
T&C Ch 8 – The Dynamic Planet ---
T&C Ch 9 – Tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes PRESENTERS - Jonathan Lewis and Robert Holcomb

T&C Ch 8 and 9

HW10 – Due beginning of 3/3. Your urban setting in its tectonic regime. Physiographic provinces.

14

3/1
Mon

Earth’s geosphere and urban settings.
Science: geomorphology and processes of sedimentation; tie hydrosphere and geosphere.

C Ch 10-14

 

15

3/3
Wed

Earth’s geosphere and urban settings.
T&C Ch 10 – Weathering, Karst, and Mass movement ---
T&C Ch 11 – River systems and landforms ---
T&C Ch 12 – Wind processes and landforms --- PRESENTERS -- Omot Dang, Parker Johnson; Jo Blake, and Charice Bourdeaux

T&C Ch 10-12

HW11 – Due beginning of 3/15 (note... date extended to 3/15).
Assessment of geomorphic impacts on your urban setting… hazards, resources, and scenery. 

16

3/8
Mon

Earth’s geosphere and urban settings.
T&C Ch 13 – Oceans, coastal landforms and processes ---
T&C Ch 14 – River systems and landforms --- PRESENTERS: Melissa Robinson and Chelsea Lindsey.

C Ch 13 and14

HW11 – Due beginning of 3/15 (note... date extended to 3/15) .
Assessment of geomorphic impacts on your urban setting… hazards, resources, and scenery. 

17

3/10
Wed

Earth’s geosphere and urban settings
Geomorphic processes and their effects on cities … and vice versa

C Ch 10-14

 

18

3/15
Mon

Review: URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY

 

Format of MIDTERM; Study Guide for midterm;

19

3/17
Wed

Midterm -- HW12.


Atlas - Phase 1 – your urban setting HW13 - Date extended. Expectations reduced. Study for the midterm and don't worry about turning in the atlas. Assignment cover sheet.

 

CHANGE in Atlas Phases 1 and 2 explained. Hand in Atlas Phase 1, consisting of lab assignments and an introduction Due beginning of 4/7. Note: worth 2 points of course grade; one "oops" pass meaning one lab can be missing and still get full credit..

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING BREAK

20

3/29
Mon

Lecture (several announcements) Earth’s biosphere and urban settings. Science:  Earth’s many cycles; the science of life, evolution, adaptation, unintended consequences. Finish contours and profiles: IN CLASS HW#7.

C Ch 15 - 17

Note: I lead the Geog Dept Spring Break field trip and it is unlikely that I can return graded midterms until 4/5.

21

3/31
Wed

Earth’s biosphere and urban settings.
T&C Ch 15 – Geography of soils ---
T&C Ch 16 – Ecosystems and biomes ---
T&C Ch 17 – Earth and humans --- PRESENTERS-- Amina Syammach, Daniele Turpin, and Luis Dominguez

T&C Ch 15-17

HW14 – Due beginning of 4/7.
Assess the setting of your urban area in biosphere classifications (soils, biomes). Understand concepts of human footprint and metabolism of cities.

Part 3.
Synthesis: metabolism of cities. 
Science: fluid flow, hydrology, geology, and contaminants of urban settings.
Water use. Water pollution. Water protection.

22

4/5

Mon

Review Midterm exam.

Case history #1 – Atlas of urban hydrologic settings – Salt Lake County, UT. Review format for case histories. (Did not go outside and do an example o field trip stop.)

 

HW15 – Begun in class – hydrologic setting of Salt Lake County. What info needed, indiv assignment.

23

4/7

Wed

Case history #1 continued... Salt Lake County. Lecture notes

 

 

HW16 – Case History SLCounty. Due  beginning of class, 4/14.

FIELD

TRIP

April

10-11

Saturday or Sunday; Overview of Half-day field trip. Urban Environmental Geography of a portion of Salt Lake County. Preview of Handout. Times/Participants

 Don't miss this. You've paid the fee. Important!

HW 17 -- Field trip assignment. Due 4/14 at the beginning of class.  

24

4/12

Case history - Salt Lake County HW16 continued; Alta begun.

 

 

HW18 – Case history - Alta. Due beginning of class, 4/19.

25

4/14

Lecture notes: Case history - Moab - Review Field Trip handout

 

HW19 – Case history - Moab. Begun in class. Due beginning of class, 4/19.

26

4/19

Lecture notes: Case historiy Tampa, FL (and Hawaii)

 

HW20 – Tampa FL. Due beginning of class, 4/26.

27

4/21

Lecture notes: Case history Yucca Mtn, NV

 

HW21 – Begun in class – Case history #6.Due beginning of class, 4/26.

28

4/26

Lecture notes: Case history - communities in mountain valleys such as Park City, UT ... REVIEW hydrosphere concepts

 

HW22 – Begun in class – hydrologic setting ... due, 5/5 so you can study

29

4/28

Wed

REVIEW session -- for course.

Urban Environmental Geographies – review for exam.

 

HW23 – Post-course self assessment

HW24 –CANCELLED... but no "oops" pass for settings... HW16-24 all count.

 

 

Okay to turn in homework as late as at the final exam 5/5, but not thereafter. READ info on how and what to turn in

 

 

30

5/5

FINAL EXAM – 1PM – 3PM

 

HW25-Final exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

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