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Geography for the 21 st Century. Understanding our Around the World Destinations. Dr. David J. Keeling – Department of Geography and Geology Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY The American Geographical Society. A GEOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVE ON PEOPLES AND PLACES.

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Geography for the 21 st century
Geography for the 21st Century

Understanding our Around the World Destinations

Dr. David J. Keeling – Department of Geography and Geology

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

The American Geographical Society


A geographical perspective on peoples and places
A GEOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVE ON PEOPLES AND PLACES

  • Analysis (physical and cultural landscapes)

  • Interpretation (what are the issues?)

  • Theories, models, and best practices

    (scientific method)

  • Policy influence (how can we help?)


Reading the global landscape interpreting with a geographer s eye
READING THE GLOBAL LANDSCAPEINTERPRETING WITH A GEOGRAPHER’S EYE

LOCATIONS

PLACES

INTERACTIONS

CONNECTIONS

REGIONS


Geography is essential for understanding current international events
Geography is essential for understanding current international events..

  • Underlying forces that influence current international relationships:

  • – population growth and distribution

  • – natural resource exploitation, depletion, and degradation (disparity in “wealth of nations”)


Geography is essential for understanding current international events1
Geography is essential for understanding current international events..

  • – competition among ethnic groups – frustration and violence

  • – territorial nationalism –

    transnational terrorism

  • – globalization vs. localization

  • – democratization - effective governance


The seven revolutions
The “Seven Revolutions” international events..

WHY GEOGRAPHY MATTERS!

  • Population Change

  • Geopolitics

  • Economic Globalization

  • Technological Shifts

  • Knowledge Development

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Resource Management

Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies http://csis.org


Plate tectonics as framework

PLATE TECTONICS AS FRAMEWORK international events..

Long-term Forces of Change

Short-term Responses

(earthquakes and volcanic eruptions)


UNDERSTANDING POPULATION CHANGE international events..




Space time election results by population
SPACE-TIME RESOURCESElection results by population

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/


SPACE-TIME RESOURCES

Election results by county

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/



Types of territoriality RESOURCES

State

(patriotism)

Ethnic

(nationalism)

Religious

(theocratism)

Racial

(apartheid)


GEOPOLITICS RESOURCES



Regional Stability: RESOURCES

Oil, Islam, and Capitalism





Indonesian tsunami 2004

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ISSUES RESOURCES

INDONESIAN TSUNAMI 2004

BEFORE

AFTER



Earth Observation Imperative RESOURCES

  • Some 30% of our economy is tied to the environment.

  • Scientific understanding and ongoing knowledge of Earth

  • systems are key for well informed economic decision.

  • Sustained and timely Earth observations are critical in

  • understanding the Earth and to support early warning

  • and more rapid decision making.

  • A global approach to Earth observation is required.

  • All countries can benefit from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems - GEOSS


UNDERSTANDING RESOURCES

CLIMATE

North American Drought Monitor


U s high speed initiatives
U.S HIGH-SPEED INITIATIVES? RESOURCES

Lots of rhetoric, very little infrastructure!


SOUTH AMERICA RESOURCES


Mega projects creating new linkages
MEGA-PROJECTS – RESOURCES CREATING NEW LINKAGES

DUBAI – GLOBAL TRANSPORT HUB?



European union
EUROPEAN RESOURCESUNION

Regional Development Policies



ANGKOR WAT RESOURCES


TAJ MAHAL RESOURCES



Thank you
THANK YOU! RESOURCES


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