Global Environmental Systems


Following are a few useful web resources for topics in Global Environmental Systems.

Website for your text, Christopherson, Elemental Geosystems, 6th edition

Website specifically to supplement your text. This site offers web links for each chapter topic, key learning concepts, study guides, plus self-tests that give you your scores.

GENERAL: Environmental News Network --

Excellent daily or weekly digest of what's happening in the world regarding the enviroment. I recommend getting a free email subscription at this site.


U.S. Drought Monitor, present conditions and animations of drought in the U.S. over the past few years

Animation of North American Polar Jet Stream, Live Data, SF State. One of my favorite sites -- watch how the jet stream changes strength and position as the seasons change

Unisys Weather -- excellent source for satellite images, hurricane updates, sea surface temps, loops

Intellicast, WSI Corporation and Photodisc, weather around the world

The Weather Channel

Weathernet --

For weather forecasts anywhere you want to go. Includes satellite images, maps, etc.

Online Guides --

Instructional Resources in Meteorology, Remote Sensing, and Reading and Interpreting Weather Maps

Cloud Guide --

Complete guide to different types of clouds, good illustrations

Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric environment --

a British offering, with both elementary and more advanced definitions and discussions. Includes a special guide for students of global climate change.

The Ozone Hole Tour --

History and Science of the Ozone Hole over Antarctica,

educational modules on concepts of ozone depletion.

NASA TotalOzone Mapping Spectrometer Real Time Data --

Interesting images of ozone concentrations and aerosols, world wide, as of today

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, with useful links

University of Oregon Dept. of Geography Climate Animations

Excellent page for helping you see seasonal patterns in solar radiation, temperature, winds, global water balance, precipitation, all over the earth. Includes good explanations of maps.

Map of Koeppen Climate Classification, interactive, with climographs

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) --

Concensus reports on research assessments of global climate change, most up to date meeting results

California Climate Change Portal --

California government/agency efforts toward dealing with climate change, research, policy, etc.

Arctic Report Card -- NOAA, October 22, 2009


Links to April 2010 Icelandic volcano eruption, from

U.S.Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program --

Includes information on most recent (within an hour) moderate to large earthquakes world wide

U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Forecast of Earthquake Hazard in California

The Modified Mercalli Intensity Map for the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, USGS Publication

Assn of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Earthquake Shaking Hazard maps

ABAG Home Quake Safety Toolkit --

What do you need to do to be prepared for the next major quake? (includes links for liquifaction hazard, tsunamis)

USGS Volcano Hazards page

Cascade Range Interactive Volcano map, USGS

Color Landform Atlas of the U.S.--

Pick your state and pull up a maps showing landforms, shaded relief, etc. This page also has lots of good links to other sites.

Geomorphology From Space --

This is a NASA page of satellite images that show different types of landforms.

California Geological Survey, Mineral Resources --

Images, maps, descriptions of minerals found in California

NASA Earth Observatory --

Satellite images of natural hazards around the world. Includes California fires.

October 2003 fires in So. California


Glossary for Biogeography --

Biogeography -- Frequently Asked Questions --

Wikipedia encyclopedia -- Biogeography --

U.S.G.S. Biological Resources -- -- links to images, endangered species programs

U.S. Land Cover Map --

Ecological Land Classification, Canada --

Ecological Land Types --

World Wildlife Fund --

Maps of endangered species world wide, images of animals, maps of wild lands around the world

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