General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences
Language English
Module lecturer Małgorzata Mazurek
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 18-IEES-24las2en


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to present: 1. the elements, structure and functioning of the Earth's system and its subsystems, 2. the spatial differentiation of the Earth's physical and geographic environment, 3. the cause-and-effect relationships between individual environmental elements and subsystems on a global scale

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


The structure of the Earth system: Earth as a planet (the origin of the Earth, solar energy and Earth's energy balance, etc.)

Planetary subsystems and their functioning: atmosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere, lithosphere

Phenomena in the atmosphere: global atmospheric circulation; weather and climate; global ocean circulation and ocean-atmosphere interactions

The global hydrological cycle

Geological cycle and plate tectonics, modern morphogenetic processes

 Soil-forming processes and soil cover

Components of the natural environment, relations between them

The evolution of the Earth's system and its subsystems

Reading list

a)basic literature

  1. b) advanced literature

 Allen P.A., 2000: Procesy kształtujące powierzchnię Ziemi. Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa. Rozdziały 1 i 2.