Credits: 3 Fall 2015: M,W, 10:30-11:50, Burke
Fall OCI Listing
While there are many different approaches to understanding and managing complex environmental problems, most involve several major steps: (1) describing/understanding the nature of the problem and its causes (both biophysical and human); (2) using technical, policy, social, and other management tools/processes to help address it; while (3) recognizing/making the value judgments embedded in each (what problems/data are “important”? what solutions are “best”?). The purpose of this introductory course is to illustrate how an M.E.M. student might integrate scientific understanding with management choices as part of an effort to manage any particular resource system over time. Ideally, it should help students choose areas of specialization, as well as improve their ability to engage in integrative problem solving—both in their final term and after they graduate. The class uses examples from the water sector, but the integrative structure of the course is designed to be applicable to other resource systems as well. The management choices facing New York City’s water system are used as the case-study around which the students apply the systems tools and approaches covered.. Preference given to first-year M.E.M. students.
F&ES 610 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 712: Water Resource Management