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Env Sci Unit 1 Vocab

TermDefinition
Anthropocentric defining nonhuman living things using human characteristics
base units the units agreed upon in SI for reporting measurements of fundamental physical quantities
biocentric defining the environment using living things as the focus
biomagnification the increasing concentration of chemical substances in the bodies of organisms higher up in the food chain
control a standard used to compare the results of an experiment
conversion factor ratio between the sizes of two standard units of measurement of the same thing
data the facts that you collect from an experiement
DDT a powerful pesticide now banned in the US and several other countries
deep ecology a philosophy of ecological studies that entails understanding the relationship between humans and the environment
deforestation clearing away large numbers of trees from a forest
dependent variable the factor may change because of the change in an independent variable
derived unit unit of measurement that combines fundamental units to measure a physical property
ecology the scientific study of the interrelationships between living things and the environement
ecosophy all the philosophical views of humans and their relationship to the environement
ecosystem ecological system; an area whose physical limits are described and that is characterized by its biotic and abiotic factors.
environmental impact statements legal documents that state how proposed human activities will affect the environments involved
environmental science the study of the environment by scientific methods
hypothesis an educated guess about the future outcome of an experiment or observation; may be framed as a detailed question or statement
independent variable the factor that scientist deliberately manipulates
irrigation a system of moving water to provide the resource to a certain area of land
local sensing obtaining data in person at the exact location of the data
malaria a disease characterized by chills and fever that is passed by the bite of an infected mosquito
ozone a three-atom form of oxygen that, in a layer in the stratosphere, screens out harmful UV rays from the sun
remote sensing obtaining date by using instruments at a distance from the observer to measure temperature and other properties of the earth's surface.
salinity the degree of saltiness of a salt solution, especially applied to ocean water
SI abbreviation for International System of Units, which is based on the metric system of measurement and is accepted worldwide by scientists
simulation the act of producing conditions similar to real ones
variable a factor that is unknown or can cange
water table the top of the water residing in the saturated part of the crust
Created by: alenab