GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Week 11 Overview


This week, we will look at climate change and how geographers have studied it. The first reading from this week examines the potential of commons to be scaled up to manage issues of climate change. The second reading highlights gaps in the research on rising sea levels as a result of climate change. Finally, the movie from the week, Thule Tuvalu, looks at the processes and the impacts of climate change that have connected the fates of two far off locations. 

Consider these questions as you go through the material for this week:

  • How are decisions such as that of keeping global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius taken at the global scale?
  • Is the global fight against climate change reinforcing (or worse, increasing) the existing inequalities and further marginalizing the marginalized?


  • Reading: Ostrom, E., Burger, J., Field, C. B., Norgaard, R. B., & Policansky, D. (1999). Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges. Science, 284(5412), 278–282. 
  • Reading: Nicholls, R. J., & Cazenave, A. (2010). Sea-Level Rise and Its Impact on Coastal Zones. Science, 328, 1517–1520. 
  • Film: Matthias von Gunten, (2014). Thule Tuvalu. Germany.

Assignments Due:

  • Take the Week 11 Quiz (covering this week's materials) by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Complete Week 11 Activity and Discussion in Canvas by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Please see the calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.