F&ES 626b / 2017-2018

Material Flow Analysis and Socioeconomic Metabolism Seminar

Credits: 2 or 3

Spring 2018: Th, 1:00-3:50, 380 Edwards
 

 
Many environmental issues like global warming, land use change, resource depletion, energy use, and pollution can be traced to the life stages of material resources in society: extraction of materials from the environment, conversion into products, use as products, and disposal back to the environment.

Global demand for materials has been increasing exponentially in the last century and currently exceeds 80 billion tons per year, greatly intensifying environmental pressures and calling for more circular use patterns.

The key challenges are to identify, map, and quantify where materials come from, where they end up, and what factors drive these material flows. In this seminar-style course, we will tackle these challenges using the approaches of Material Flow Analysis and Socioeconomic Metabolism.