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The Earth System and Climate


A video lecture by Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland for TROP ICSU titled ‘ The Earth System and Climate’ that provides an overview of the Earth’s system and its climate. This video discusses different aspects of the Earth’s system and how they determine Earth’s climate. These include:

  1. Sun
  2. Volcanoes
  3. Stratospheric chemistry/dynamics
  4. Atmospheric physics/dynamics
  5. Ocean dynamics
  6. Terrestrial Energy/ Moisture
  7. Global Moisture
  8. Marine Biogeochemistry
  9. Terrestrial Ecosystems
  10. Soil
  11. Tropospheric Chemistry
  12. CO2
  13. Land Use
  14. Human Activities
  15. Pollutants

Students will understand the Earth system. They will also understand the various factors that determine the climate of planet Earth. They will also learn about natural variability of the Earth’s climate and the role of human activities in climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the different components of the Earth System and what is their role in determining the climate of the planet?
  2. What is the contribution of human activity to global warming?
About Tool
Tool NameThe Earth System and Climate
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineEarth’s Climate, Planetary Climate, Recent Climate Change, Earth System
Climate TopicClimate Literacy, Introduction to Climate Change 
Type of toolVideo (13 mins and 32 secs)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Translation     –
Developed byRaghu Murtugudde
Hosted atYouTube
Computer SkillsBasic


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