The New Zealand Earth Systems analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. The five-week field camp takes advantage of sites on both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand as well as the Cook Islands. Students will explore the Bay of Plenty, Banks Peninsula, Southern Alps, Kaikoura and learn about the devastating aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes through a series of interconnected field modules. During field camp, students learn the field techniques needed to solve the environmental issues. Following field camp, students transition to University of Canterbury or the University of Auckland, where they enroll in four courses, one of which is a research methods course based upon data collected in field camp.
The 5-week field camp is divided into several interrelated modules. Focusing on field and research based education, students study how the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and anthrosphere systems interact to form the entire New Zealand Earth System.
2017 Field Camp Modules (subject to change):
Module 1: Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Sustainability for Survival.
Module 2: Kaitiakitanga, Maori perspectives on natural hazards, resource management, and environmental restoration, Bay of Plenty.
Module 3: New Zealand Marine and Coastal Ecology, Kaikoura Peninsula.
[Glaciers] Module 4: Mountains and Climate, Southern Alps.