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Fall 2013-2014
* ENV 343   No Audit

Climate Change and Extreme Weather in the Garden State

Eileen Zerba

Hurricanes, intense rainstorms, and floods are becoming more common, along with frequent intense heat waves. Have you ever wondered whether the enormous scale and damage from Hurricane Sandy had anything to do with climate change? This course will examine the potential link between climate change and extreme weather, the interdependency of natural and built environments, and urgent need for sustainable management. Lectures, interactive exercises and projects blend science, policy and social issues. Real-world efforts include trips to the NJ shore to study impacts of Hurricane Sandy, active recovery endeavors and ways to prevent future losses.

Sample reading list:
Donald Ahrens and Perry Samson, Extreme Weather and Climate
R. Black, N. Adger, N. Arnell, S. Dercon, et al., Migration and Global Environmental Change
Mark Fischetti, Storm of the Century
Daniel G. Huber and Jay Gulledge, Extreme Weather & Climate Change: Understanding the Link
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Projections of Future Changes in Climate
N. Lin, K. Emanuel, M. Oppenheimer and E. Vanmarcke, Physically Based Assessment of Hurricane Surge Threat
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each week students will read one or more journal articles and/or textbook chapters. For weekly discussions students will be asked to select articles from the news and lead a brief discussion. Weekly homework will include interactive exercises/problems sets or short essay (1 page). Students are required to participate in 2 community-based projects, including 2 Saturday field trips. A journal research paper is required for project 1 and a short paper and oral presentation for project 2

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Quizzes - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other information:
Students are required to participate in two Saturday field trips on 9/21 and 11/9.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24113 S01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Frist Campus Center   210   Enrolled:9 Limit:12