[F&ES 857b] / 2014-2015

Urbanization, Global Change, and Sustainability 

Credits: 3

Spring 2015: Time and location TBA


The conversion of land surface to urban uses is one of the most profound human impacts on the global biosphere. Urban growth and associated changes in human activities on the land and in the physical attributes of Earth’s surface have profound environmental consequences, including local and regional climate change, loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity, soil erosion, and a decline in ecosystem services. This seminar examines the interactions and relationships between urbanization and global. Topics include urban land-cover change, cities and local climate, urban vulnerability, urban diets and the challenges for agriculture, and the urban biodiversity.