Courses

EPS 207r: Geochemical Oceanography

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Topics in low-temperature geochemistry, oceanography, and climatology will be discussed. Students will read and present journal articles on relevant topics, and will rotate responsibility for leading discussions.

EPS 239: The Consequences of Energy Systems

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

This course provides an introduction to the physical and chemical impacts of energy choices on human society and natural ecosystems. Topics will include the carbon cycle, climate, air and water pollution, impacts of energy systems on health, land use consequences of energy technologies, and nuclear waste and proliferation.

This course is a requirement for the Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment.

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Science of the Physical Universe 29: The Climate Energy Challenge

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

This course examines future climate change in the context of Earth history, and then consider various strategies for what might be done to deal with it. The likely impacts of continued greenhouse gas emissions will be explored, emphasizing the scientific uncertainties associated with various predictions, and how this can be understood in the context of risk. In the latter third of the class, the question of how to mitigate climate change will be discussed, including an examination of various options for advanced energy systems.