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Spring 2016-2017
CEE 475   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Cities in the 21st century: The Nexus of the Climate, Water and Energy

Elie R. Bou-Zeid

This course is a mixture of lectures, readings, and individual student work focused on urban challenges in the 21st century, particularly the ones related to energy, water and climate. The first lecture of the week will be dedicated to the discussion of a paper, while the second lecture will introduce the students to mathematical and physical laws and concepts that will be needed for the upcoming paper to be read and discussed. Two students will present and lead the discussion of each paper. Then, each student will perform a final project consisting of a literature review and a research component to advance their independent work skills.

Sample reading list:
Hoornweg et al., Cities and greenhouse gas emissions: moving forward
Shephard, M., A review of current investigations of urban-induced rainfall
Grimm et al., Global Change and the ecology of cities

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read various scientific papers related to the topic of the course. They will write a report on their final project and they will present a their project work in a 15 min talk. Literature paper discussion and presentation count for 50% of the final grade.

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Only open to Juniors and Seniors.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43316 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Friend Center   304   Enrolled:3 Limit:25