IS1001 – First-Year Seminar – Fall 2006

Bottom dwellers in an ocean of air

Class Documents


This page will accumulate all documents handed out in class, as well as any PowerPoint presentations and other pieces of information.


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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Classification of cloud shapes

Examples of Weather in Art


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Your topics for essay number 3


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Worksheet on CO2 and you


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The link above give insight into the question on why the US did not sign the Kyoto protocol. The Clinton administration signed it originally in 1997, the Bush administration withdrew the signature in 2001.

The content and conditions of the Kyoto protocol are discussed.

Several questions about various aspects of the Kyoto protocol are answered.



Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The global energy household


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Timeline of geological history of the atmosphere


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

PowerPoint on Mesopotamia

         Read this for several sides of an argument about the role of climate change in the collapse of ancient civilizations:

        Food for thought: Can climate change alone really threaten our civilization, or is adequate and wise governance and social organization capable of letting us survive as a society?



         Follow this link for a scientific paper on the development of the Mesopotamian society in its natural environment:

        Nick Brooks, excerpt from Environmental Catastrophes in Mauritania, the desert and the coast, abstract volume and field guide, 2004.



Friday, September 22, 2006

The links and pictures used in yesterday’s class are posted here.


This is a link to the USDA weather station for Tuesday


A follow-up on the topic of Louisiana wetlands and hurricanes: A news article in the Times Picayune (New Orleans’ daily newspaper) talks about a recent study which concluded that hurricanes actually build wetlands instead of destroying them…



Thursday, September 14, 2006

Image of vertical atmosphere


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

This is the hand-out on how to write a good essay – please feel free to let me know about any further additions you may have.


Thursday, August 31, 2006


Today’s PowerPoint presentation (contains large pictures, may be slow)


Here are a couple of articles in the Times-Picayune (New-Orleans newspaper) that may answer some of your questions regarding the rebuilding of New Orleans:

            This one speaks about the rebuilding plans:



            That one addresses the current and future flood protection measures



Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Check this out. An artist’s view on wetland’s erosion in Southern Louisiana A good article on the situation in the Katrina-ravaged New Orleans.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Plan for the visit of Governor Blanco


You can find information about Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco at

    (general information)


   (biographical information)


Today’s PowerPoint presentation.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Syllabus for Fall 2006

How participation is graded


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Original course proposal with a description of the scope of the course



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