Earth and Ocean Sciences

31 Geography

Also see Geography OER in development.
Last update: Sep 30/20

Ancillary resources

Geospatial Technology Learning Resources (Licences vary)

A collection of resources relating to geospatial technology.

Open Geography Education (CC BY)

This website is dedicated to providing free or open curriculum and resources to anybody who is interested in our geographic world. It includes links to open textbooks, map assignments, and online resources.


OpenStreetMap (ODbL/CC BY-SA)

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.

United States Map Gallery (CC BY-NC-SA)

The maps in this collection draw from data from the U.S. Census Bureau and reveal much about the settlement and subsequent migrations of many groups in the United States. These maps also show the socio-economic picture for much of the country, at least through the lens of topics like education, poverty, life expectancy, and household size. Developed primarily for use in my American Ethnic Geography course (GEO 200), this map collection demonstrates that diversity and regionalism are alive and well in the United States.

Worldmapper (CC BY-NC-SA)

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.


B.C. Open Textbook Collection: Earth Sciences This is a Canadian created resource(Various CC licences)

A collection of open textbooks relating to various topics in earth sciences.

B.C. Open Textbook Collection: Geography This is a Canadian created resource(Various CC licences)

A collection of open textbooks relating to various topics in geography.

Geosciences LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA)

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on the subject of geosciences.

Introduction to Human Geography (CC BY-SA)

This textbook includes chapters on Population and Migration, Cultural Geography, Political Geography, Sustainable Development, Food, Water, & Agriculture, Urban Geography, Environmental Issues, and Living with Disasters.

This is a Canadian created resourceLaboratory Manual for Introduction to Physical Geography, First British Columbia Edition (CC BY-NC-SA)

This lab manual is a cross-institutional project from British Columbia (BC), Canada that provides 22 labs to be implemented within first year post-secondary physical geography courses. The labs have been developed to be easily adapted for various course structures, durations, and differing laboratory learning objectives set out by instructors. Instructor notes are provided for each lab that outline the instructional intent of the lab author, along with some suggestions for modification. The first edition of this lab manual is intended as a beta test of the lab manual for the 2020/21 academic year.

Mapping, Society, and Technology (CC BY-NC)

Learn how to read, use, and create maps and along the way explore how maps reflect the relationship between society and technology. Mapping is an essential form of scientific and artistic inquiry as well as a trillion dollar business. People, companies, and governments use and misuse maps and map technology to tell stories, save lives, rig elections, and spy on you.

National Disaster and Human Impacts (CC BY-SA)

This textbook includes chapters on natural disasters, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mass wasting, tsunamis, weather hazards, severe weather, hurricanes, climatic disasters, wildfires, climate change, impacts, and extinctions.

Physical Geography (Various CC BY licences)

An open textbook published by Lumen Learning on Physical Geography. It includes chapters on planet Earth; plate tectonics; tectonic forces; weathering, erosion, and deposition; Earth’s fresh water; oceans and coastal environments; the atmosphere; weather processes and systems.

The Western World: Daily Readings on Geography (CC BY-NC-SA)

In essay format, this textbook considers examples of various sub-categories of Geography in combination with five regions of the Western World.

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