2-12: Integrated Global Observing Systems

Importance of this Unit to the Course

We have seen in previous units how change in the global environment occurs on many time scales. Long term accurate measurements of earth system variables are needed to detect and monitor these changes.


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

  1. Read the summary information. (View images.)
  2. Take the Quiz
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)
    • None

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:

  • Social Comments
  • Knowledge-building Comments
  • Ethical Comments
The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:
  • Unit Problem to Ponder:
    What does it mean that global observing systems should be "integrated"?
  • Unit exam questions from previous years
  • Unit discussions from previous years, available from the current online discussion

Additional Reading