Courses are individual classes that can be taken at universities, colleges, junior colleges, and trade schools worldwide. For even greater flexibility, many schools also offer online classes. Students can take individual classes or pursue degree programs.
The goal of an environmental studies program is to prepare students to solve environmental issues. This may include working in the government to create new laws and policies, working in the legal system to fight for environmental causes or working in the field to protect natural resources.
There are more than four thousand higher education organizations in Europe, from leading research institutions to small, teaching-focused universities. Europe itself is not as much different than other continents, reaching from the Arctic Circle to the coast of Africa.
Course Online in Environmental Studies in Europe
Explore our oceans from space. Discover how Earth observation allows us to monitor ocean health, and inform policy and planning. [+]
This free online course will provide an introduction to ocean monitoring Earth Observation (EO) satellite data, and its uses, types, and challenges. It will explain how the data is acquired and used, the range of data types available, and the terminology and techniques involved.
The course is presented by physicist, oceanographer, and broadcaster Dr. Helen Czerski from University College London, remote sensing specialist Dr. Hayley Evers-King from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the lead educator Dr. Mark Higgins from EUMETSAT.
The course is run by EUMETSAT in support of the Copernicus Programme.Explore ocean monitoring EO data using real-world examples
You will look at practical examples of using ocean monitoring EO data - in real-world case-studies and in a range of areas of policy and decision-making - and will explore emerging technologies and trends.... [-]
Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss, and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environmental management. [+]
The world faces challenging environmental problems. They are challenging because different people typically contribute differently to environmental change and because its effects will be felt differently by different people in different places.
Understand environmental injustices
This free online course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems. Over 5 weeks, we’ll look at deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental issues, asking questions such as:Can we manage tropical forests to increase timber revenues and carbon stocks, while ensuring that the people who live in them can fulfill their own subsistence needs and vision of a healthy ecosystem? How can protected areas strike the right balance between contemporary global interests in species conservation, local interests, the needs of future generations and rights of nature? ... [-]
Explore the impact of climate change on public health, and discover ways to influence behaviors and policies at all levels. [+]
This online course gives you the opportunity to explore the impact of climate change on public health. It shares knowledge of both the direct and indirect ways in which climate change is affecting health around the globe.
It starts by examining current trends in climate change and the methods used to evaluate the continuously emerging data in this field. You will find out how to leverage the data that is publicly available, to campaign for changes to behaviors or policies, at both a local and regional level.What topics will you cover? What are the climate change themes and trends about public health and is there anything we can do to improve things? Who are the key contributors to climate change, what are they doing and how are their harmful activities being countered? How can we prove that the impact on health is linked to climate change? How to implement an action plan to improve health outcomes impacted by climate change What will you achieve? ... [-]
Whether you aim to fuel a hobby or hope to obtain a career in Gardening and Landscaping, this course will supply you with a comprehensive guide. [+]
Become an in-demand, highly paid Garden Landscaper with Global Edulink
Whether you aim to fuel a hobby or hope to obtain a career in Gardening and Landscaping, this course will supply you with a comprehensive guide. This Gardening and Landscaping course would suit anyone simply wishing to spruce up their own garden, as well as anyone who would like to run a successful Garden Landscaping business. This involves meeting clients and understanding what they want from their garden. You can then draw up an accurate design and create the garden of your client’s dreams.
As well as this, the course provides you with a comprehensive guide to general maintenance of gardens, perfect for anyone hoping to work as a Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Officer or Caretaker. The course covers a range of modules, including lessons on how to cultivate a variety of trees and plants, how to source the best materials, the year-round care of plants, and how to develop attractive designs.... [-]
Take a look at the future and learn how to develop and use models in environmental and energy economics. [+]
What will our future look like? Will we continue burning fossil fuels or will we live in a 100% renewable world? How can we address climate change and what policies do we need to implement?
We will provide you with model examples to make you familiar with aspects of economic modeling and state-of-the-art research on current debates in energy policy.
This online course explores these concerns, using models in environmental and energy economics. You will learn how to design models, how to interpret and use results to make informed decisions, and how to use models to assess energy and environmental policies.What topics will you cover? Climate change and energy policies. Evidence-based recommendations on current problems of energy policy. Models in environmental economics and energy economics. Building blocks of models and possible applications. Informed decisions by the results of different modeling approaches. What will you achieve? ... [-]
How does language help us develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership? [+]
Increasing populations and social changes are pressurizing our relationship with the environment. Property rights are embedded in power structures and land management. This course explores the different ways that nature is perceived by different types of societies and the impact of property rights on natural resource management.
This course explores three approaches to the hierarchy of property rights and applies these to environmental use and management around the world. It also includes advice on producing a policy brief for an environmental issue.What topics will you cover? Recognise the difference between the perspectives of the ‘giving spirit of nature’ and ‘controlling ancestor’ in our perceptions of nature. Understand the meaning of ‘reciprocity’ as a way of reducing risk in uncertain environments. Be introduced to Elinor Ostrom who developed a hierarchy of different types of property rights. Recognise different types of property rights and how they affect access to, and withdrawal of, natural resources. Appreciate the need for flexible property rights in areas with dynamic ecologies. Be introduced to the contrasting arguments of Thomas Malthus and Ester Boserup on population and agricultural production. Understand the concept of ‘more people, less erosion’ when higher population densities lead to better land management. Recognise the links between property rights and level of biodiversity in agriculture. Understand how ‘historical institutionalism’ of past laws affects current legal rights to natural resources. Appreciate the social asymmetries caused by the power to control access to natural resources. Recognise the importance of language for describing... [-]
From sources such as satellites, sensors, and social media, how can environmental data analytics benefit business and research?[+]
From weather fluctuations to the spread of an invasive species, what problems can scientists address by analyzing these vast data collections? What are the potential benefits of business, research, and our daily lives?
Find out about possible career paths and gain insights from industry experts and research scientists working on a range of current projects. From urban planning to monitoring wildlife, explore the complexities of managing and analyzing big data to seek innovative solutions.What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Introduction to big dataSources of big data, including satellites for looking at the surface of the Earth Environmental analytics and the link to big data Computing power, processing, and storage of environmental data ... [-]
The Global Energy and Climate Policy course offers an introduction to the theoretical and practical understanding of how energy and climate change policies are designed, shaped, advocated and implemented. As energy markets go truly global, domestic energy policies are becoming more and more entangled with wider issues of international governance. Concurrently, the urgent need to mitigate and adapt to climate change and transition to a low-carbon future is adding a further layer of complexity. [+]
The Global Energy and Climate Policy course offers an introduction to the theoretical and practical understanding of how energy and climate change policies are designed, shaped, advocated and implemented. As energy markets go truly global, domestic energy policies are becoming more and more entangled with wider issues of international governance. Concurrently, the urgent need to mitigate and adapt to climate change and transition to a low-carbon future is adding a further layer of complexity.
The course is aimed broadly at people interested in learning more about interconnected issues in energy and climate policy globally. It assumes a level of interest but no necessary previous knowledge. However, the course also offers sufficient up to date research and new critical perspectives to be of interest to people with expertise in or academic familiarity with the topic as well. ... [-]
Learn how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground, to understand our past, present and future climate. [+]
Made up of layers of compressed snow from over the last 100,000 years, the vast Greenland ice sheet acts as both a valuable record of our past climate and a bellwether for future climate change.
This online course highlights how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground. You’ll look at the measurements made possible by Earth Observation (EO) satellites like Cryosat, the technologies and techniques involved, the data generated, and its uses and challenges.
You’ll also explore the role of ice in the climate system and the impact of climate change on the Greenland ice sheet.What topics will you cover? Satellite Earth Observation technology, terminology and the types of data products available when monitoring ice sheets Understanding the unique measurements of ice thickness and dynamics which satellite data can provide How to access process and work with Earth observation data and ice sheet measuring tools The use of Earth observation data in a range of scientific, policy and decision-making areas, in conjunction with models What will you achieve? ... [-]
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. [+]
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans.
In this course, you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to an understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved.
All Open University science courses presented on FutureLearn are produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.... [-]
Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. [+]
This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.
Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised; although living systems are complex, there are also some fairly constant patterns and relationships.
This course explores three approaches to the causality and dynamics of environmental systems, and how humans are involved and affected by these systems worldwide. It also includes an introduction to correlation and the limitations of statistical testing.... [-]
Soils are a vital part of our planet’s functioning, but all too often we take soils for granted. In this free online course, we introduce you to soils and explore the world beneath our feet. [+]
Soils are a vital part of our planet’s functioning, but all too often we take soils for granted. In this free online course, we introduce you to soils and explore the world beneath our feet.Get an introduction to soil science
Soils are a fantastically complex environment, teeming with life and supporting our most fundamental environmental processes. However, they are increasingly under threat and our soil resource is a finite one.
Starting from what soil is and how soils form we will take a journey through the soil, not just learning the basics of soil science but also about life in the soil.
Then we will look at why soil is so important and investigate the topic of soil security - a topic relevant to the past and present.... [-]
This free online course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today. [+]
This free online course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today.Explore the five mass extinctions of the past
Each week there are discussions with scientists about how their research informs us about the biodiversity of our planet including the very first life forms; fish and tetrapod diversification; the radiation of reptiles and dinosaurs; and the rise of mammals.
We focus on the five previous mass extinction events that have shaped the biodiversity of our planet. The fossil record reveals evidence of species that went extinct during these mass extinctions and the new opportunities created for the surviving biota to diversify.... [-]
The human conflict has both short and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilizes social systems and people are denied access to natural resources.[+]
War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment? This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.Why join the course?
The human conflict has both short and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilizes social systems and people are denied access to natural resources. As resources become scarcer, it might be expected that people come into conflict about access to natural resources. This course explores three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity and applies these to explore decision making and negotiation skills.... [-]
Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. [+]
Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. And discover how missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. Explore how an exponential increase in the discovery of new exoplanets is helping us learn about the evolution of our own atmosphere.What topics will you cover? The chemistry of atmospheric pollution. The role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in atmospheric chemistry. The role of chemical feedbacks. An introduction to the FAGE container. The research conducted using the FAGE container to predict climate and air quality. Chemical solutions for reducing the amount of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere. The influence of humans on recent climate change. Assignment: prepare interview questions to demonstrate an understanding of lowering CO2 emissions. The role of chemistry in understanding the atmospheres in the solar system. Space exploration in the media. The evolution of technology in aiding knowledge of planetary atmospheres. The Cassini-Huygens space mission. Similarities and differences between Titan’s and Earth’s atmospheres. The search for life or a habitable planet. Assignment: a peer-reviewed task to write a press release about a space mission. What will you achieve? Explore the chemistry behind climate and pollution in Earth’s atmosphere. Assess the future of living with climate change, the contributing impact humans are making and possible solutions. Explore how knowledge... [-]