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Credits: 3 (NR)Provides a general introduction to observations of the Earth and its climate, focusing on regional and global aspects. Introduces remote sensing and other Earth-observing techniques, as well as providing a survey of some of the physical and mathematical aspects of remote sensing at a very high level. Concepts and foundations of remote sensing in addition to different approaches and techniques are discussed. Covers several key Earth system science topics such as El Niño, carbon dioxide increase, climate change including sea rise, ozone depletion, and the energy budget of the Earth. Designated a Green Leaf Course.