Earth and Ocean Sciences

39 Geography

Also see Geography OER in development.
World Regional Geography: This document maps OER (curated by librarians and vetted for content and alignment by subject matter experts) to specific outcomes/competencies or items for this course (GEO 105, Colorado).
Last update: Jun 27/22


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.

Supplemental Materials

Geospatial Technology Learning Resources (Various CC licences)

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.

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.


Geosciences LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA)

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

This is a Canadian created resourceIntroduction to Geomatics (CC BY-SA)

This textbook was developed as a supplement to Introduction to Geomatics (GEOG 222) at the University of Saskatchewan. The content is a mix of original content (95% to 100% of the text and most of the images) created by Professor Scott Bell while other material comes from attributed sources (attribution is included at the beginning of a chapter or section, or for the note taking guide, on each slide or at the culmination of a series of slides).

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 British Columbia created resource.Laboratory 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.

The Physical Environment: An Introduction to Physical Geography (CC BY-SA)

Physical Geography (Various CC 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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