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Spring 2017-2018
* ENV 302 / CEE 302 / EEB 302 (QR)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Practical Models for Environmental Systems

Michael A. Celia

Humans are increasingly affecting environmental systems throughout the world. This is especially true for activities associated with energy production, water use, and food production. To understand the environmental impacts, quantitative modeling tools are needed. This course introduces quantitative modeling approaches for environmental systems, including global models for carbon cycling; local and regional models for water, soil, and vegetation interactions; and models for transport of pollutants in both water and air. Students will develop simple models for all of these systems, and apply the models to a set of practical problems.

Sample reading list:
Masters, G, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science
Harr, J., A Civil Action
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 30 pages a week including articles from the literature. Quantitative problem sets will be assigned throughout the semester. Students will discuss readings and problem sets in weekly precepts.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Prerequisites: Mathematics equivalent to MAT 104 or instructor's permission; and Chemistry equivalent to CHM 202 or instructor's permission; and Biology equivalent to EEB 211 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
The course fills the requirement of a core course for the ENV certificate and counts towards the departmental requirements in CEE and EEB.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42925 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:35
43432 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:35