Ben van der Pluijm

University of Michigan - © 2016-2018

"Contributing to the important debates concerning global environmental change, Earth resources, planetary stewardship and societal adaptation strategies."

This site is always under development. Material from the former Global Change website is included and modified as appropriate.


Supporting Material


Activity: The Challenges We Face


Activity: Systems Thinking and Feedback Loops

The Setting

Geologic (or Deep) Time

Vignette: Planet Earth-Time, Origin, Evolution

Habitable Planet

Vignette: Planet Earth-Time, Origin, Evolution

Activity: The Ecological Footprint

Activity: My Food, My Water

Human Population and Demographics

Vignette: Human Population
Vignette: Population Growth

Activity: Population Growth and Global Society

Resilience and Sustainability Activity: The Resilience Documentary Project

The Needs

Food Vignette: World's Food and Fisheries
Vignette: Land Use
Vignette: Deforestation

Activity: Food Security

Vignette: Global Water
Vignette: World's Fresh Water Supply

Activity: Water

Air Vignette: Atmosphere and Oceans
Energy Resources Vignette: Energy Resources and Use

Activity: Energy Resources-Data Analysis
Climate Change and Impacts

Vignette: Greenhouse Gases and Earth’s Energy Balance
Vignette: Climates of the Past and Present
Vignette: Future Climate and Impacts

Activity: Watch and discuss National Geographic's documentary "Before the Flood" (2016) At: or

Activity: Climate Analysis from Vostok Ice Core Data

Mineral Resources Vignette (USGS): Do We Take Minerals for Granted?

The Challenges

Geologic Hazards Vignette: Active Earth

Activity: Earthquake Recurrence and Probability
Hydrologic Hazards  
Atmospheric Hazards
Hazards and Risk  
Economics and Equity  
Human Era: the Anthropocene Reading (Earth's Future): Hello Anthropocene, Goodbye Holocene
Podcast (Michigan Radio): Move aside Holocene


Origin of Life Reading (BBC): How did life begin?
Deforestation Vignette (NPR's Look At This): Rain forest was here

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Sources (restricted access)

Inquiries - Inquiries Key
GC Text
Global Change 1: Lectures - Labs
Global Change 2 (pre-2014): Manual - Lectures - Labs
Global Change: The Sustainabillity Challenge (2014-15): Lectures - Activities
Last update: 29-Oct-2020