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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”

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

Long-term Forces of Change

Short-term Responses

(earthquakes and volcanic eruptions)

space time election results by population
SPACE-TIMEElection results by population

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

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SPACE-TIME

Election results by county

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

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Types of territoriality

State

(patriotism)

Ethnic

(nationalism)

Religious

(theocratism)

Racial

(apartheid)

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Regional Stability:

Oil, Islam, and Capitalism

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Earth Observation Imperative

  • 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
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UNDERSTANDING

CLIMATE

North American Drought Monitor

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

Lots of rhetoric, very little infrastructure!

mega projects creating new linkages
MEGA-PROJECTS – CREATING NEW LINKAGES

DUBAI – GLOBAL TRANSPORT HUB?

european union
EUROPEANUNION

Regional Development Policies

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