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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)


Geography for the 21 st century

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/


Geography for the 21 st century

SPACE-TIME RESOURCES

Election results by county

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



Geography for the 21 st century

Types of territoriality RESOURCES

State

(patriotism)

Ethnic

(nationalism)

Religious

(theocratism)

Racial

(apartheid)


Geography for the 21 st century

GEOPOLITICS RESOURCES



Geography for the 21 st century

Regional Stability: RESOURCES

Oil, Islam, and Capitalism





Indonesian tsunami 2004

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ISSUES RESOURCES

INDONESIAN TSUNAMI 2004

BEFORE

AFTER



Geography for the 21 st century

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


Geography for the 21 st century

UNDERSTANDING RESOURCES

CLIMATE

North American Drought Monitor


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

Lots of rhetoric, very little infrastructure!


Geography for the 21 st century

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



Geography for the 21 st century

ANGKOR WAT RESOURCES


Geography for the 21 st century

TAJ MAHAL RESOURCES



Thank you
THANK YOU! RESOURCES