3-6: Land Use Issues

Importance of this Unit to the Course

Humans have transformed a large fraction of highly productive land to other uses. Related changes in solar energy absorption, surface water recycling, erosion, and ecosystem services have been touched upon in other units. Land use is a key to sustainability.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading