Faculty of Arts

Department of Geography


The Environment in the Age of the Internet

The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape is an interdisciplinary collection that draws together research and answers from media and communication studies, social sciences, modern history, and folklore studies. Edited by Heike Graf, its focus is on the communicative approaches taken by different groups to ecological issues, shedding light on how these groups tell their distinctive stories of “the environment.”

Environmental Biology

This world environmental biology text covers salient issues in the environment using a biological perspective. It covers introductory concepts in environmental biology, from climate change to ozone depletion. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, summaries

Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective

This environmental science text has been positively-reviewed and has been successfully adopted by other faculty. It covers introductory concepts in environmental science, from ecosystems to sustainable development. A review is available.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, summaries

Forests and Food: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition Across Sustainable Landscapes

This volume provides important evidence and insights about the potential of forests to reducing global hunger and malnutrition, exploring the different roles of landscapes, and the governance approaches that are required for the equitable delivery of these benefits.

Geographic Information System Basics

This geographic information systems text has been positively-reviewed. It covers introductory concepts in GIS, from augmented maps to vector files. Reviews are available from BC Campus.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, summaries

Introduction to Environmental Science, 2nd ed.

This course uses the basic principles of biology and earth science as a context for understanding environmental policies and resource management practices. Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, from oil spills to global climate change. In ENSC 1000, you will learn about the science behind these problems; preparing you to make an informed, invaluable contribution to Earth’s future. Reviews are available.

Includes: Study questions, terms lists

Introduction to Human Geography

This physical geography text has been positively-reviewed. It covers introductory concepts in human geography, from migration to agriculture. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, summaries

Monitoring Animal Populations and Their Habitats: A Practitioner’s Guide

This book provides a framework that managers of natural resources can use to design monitoring programs that will benefit future generations by providing the information needed to make informed decisions.

Nature of Geographic Information

This world GIS text covers introductory concepts in GIS, from data and information geography to integrating geographic data. Reviews are available through the Open Textbook Library and BC Campus.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, summaries

Open Geography

This website is a resource dedicated to providing high-quality and free online geography resources.

Includes: Several textbooks, mapping assignments, collection of online resources

Physical Geography

This Lumen Learning covers some of the concepts of first-year physical geography with a balance of application and theory.

Includes: Summaries, examples, videos, and graphics

World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization

This world geography text has been positively-reviewed and has been successfully adopted by other faculty. It covers introductory concepts in geography, from North American geography to African geography. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, summaries

Geography: Soil Science

Digging into Canadian Soils: An Introduction to Soil Science

Written by members of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, “Digging into Canadian Soils: An Introduction to Soil Science” provides an introduction to the core disciplines of soil science, and introduces concepts and vocabulary. The textbook provides supplementary materials that are specific to regions in Canada, or may be of specific interest beyond what might be considered introductory soil science material.

Includes: Glossary, study questions and answers

Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory Manual

These labs explore the fundamental principles of soil science and soils as a natural resource.

Open Case Studies: Soil Science

A collection of online case studies on the topic of soil science, from UBC.

Principles of Soil Science Exercise Manual

This exercise manual was designed for use in an upper-level undergraduate soils course. The manual consists of ten hands-on or experiment-type exercises and fourteen take-home fact-finding and critical thinking exercises.

Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources

This collection of resources is gathered by a group of scientists, students, and multimedia experts across Canada. Resources cover a variety of topics at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including basic soil science, soil classification, and land use impacts.

Earth Science

Coastal Dynamics

This textbook on Coastal Dynamics focuses on the interrelation between physical wave, flow and sediment transport phenomena and the resulting morphodynamics of a wide variety of coastal systems.

The Delft Sand, Clay & Rock Cutting Model

In dredging, trenching, (deep sea) mining, drilling, tunnel boring and many other applications, sand, clay or rock has to be excavated. This book gives an overview of cutting theories. It starts with a generic model, which is valid for all types of soil (sand, clay and rock) after which the specifics of dry sand, water saturated sand, clay, atmospheric rock and hyperbaric rock are covered.

Earth Science

This text includes introductions to concepts from level I earth science courses, from geology to water systems. It was developed through Lumen Learning and a professor of Geology and Earth Sciences from Santa Ana College.

Includes: Exercises, summaries

Geological Structures: A Practical Introduction

This manual is about structures that occur within the Earth’s crust. Structures are the features that allow geologists to figure out how parts of the Earth have changed position, orientation, size and shape over time. 

Includes: Labs

Geosciences LibreTexts Library

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on the subject of geosciences.

Includes: Lab experiments, case studies, interactive applications and worksheets

Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory Manual – First Canadian Edition

Introduction to Geology is a textbook designed to ease new students into the often complex topics of Geology and the study of our planet and its makeup. The book assists readers through the beginning topics and nomenclature of Geology to familiarize them with Geology’s version of the scientific methods. This is an adaptation designed for students at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Includes: Exercises

Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology

This textbook is a comprehensive lab manual for the core curriculum Introductory Geosciences classes with both informational content and laboratory exercises. Topics include basic laws and theories in Geology, the Earth’s interior and plate tectonics, water and climate change, igneous rocks and volcanoes, and earthquakes. Reviews are available.

Physical Geology

This textbook was written by an earth sciences professor at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. This was done in collaboration with academics from various post-secondary institutions across BC and the rest of Canada. It has been successfully adopted.

Includes: Applications, chapter summaries, exercises, and solutions

Surveying and Mapping

This book provides an introduction into the field of surveying and mapping.

Includes: Exercises and worked examples

Urban Studies

Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice

This reader is an Open Educational Resource, meant to accompany a graduate or higher-level undergraduate university course in climate change resilience, adaptation, and/or planning. While the material is geared toward students in urban and regional planning, it may also be of interest to students of urban studies, public health, geography, political science, sociology, risk management, and others.

Each section of this volume includes (1) an introductory summary, (2) a reading list with full text articles, (3) student exercises meant to enhance understanding and facilitate in-class discussion, and (4) additional discussion prompts or activities for instructors to use in class. The format of materials is intended to convey key concepts, while leaving ample space for student exploration, discourse, and creativity. Lessons may culminate in an applied, imaginative final project, a sample framework of which is provided at the end of Section VI.

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Introduction to Human Geography

This textbook includes chapters on Population and Migration, Cultural Geography, Political Geography, Sustainable Development, Food, Water, & Agriculture, Urban Geography, Environmental Issues, and Living with Disasters.

Includes: Learning outcomes, essential questions, embedded videos, and summaries

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Sustainable Cities: Adding an African Perspective

Sustainable Cities: Adding an African Perspective is a course that introduces students to the theories and strategies to reimagine cities from an urban sustainability perspective. The course modules are beginner level building blocks that cater to the new inter-disciplinary trend around Cities Engineering.

The modules provide an introduction to concepts of sustainability, urbanization, climate change; strategies for best practices in the design of new cities and redesign of existing ones; and tools and methodologies for environmental assessments, material flows, and urban metabolism. Each module is expected to take 2-3hours for completion, this includes following the videos, reading through the global cities and African cities examples, and completing assessments, contributing to discussions and reflections. The course activities and interactions will enable students to design cities in developed and developing world contexts, in addition to engineering the great African cities of the future.  The course is organized in 4 modules, where each module begins with an introduction to definitions and theories, followed by academic research on the topic, then showcases case studies from global cities in developed and developing world contexts, and from African cities.

Includes: Assessments with quizzes, discussions, and reflections.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Your Subject Librarian in the Department of Geography is James Murphy.

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