Human induced climate change is one of the main drivers of the Anthropocene. The physical science of the earth's climate and its sensitivity to pollution is remarkably complex and an area of intense study. The resulting perturbations to the earth system permeate through and impact ecological and human systems. Businesses, ecosystems, industry, societies and political systems are all vulnerable to climate change. These systems also impact the earth's climate system and interact with climate change to create negative and positive feedbacks. This specialization will focus on the science of climate change, as well as effective ways to address it.
Pete Raymond’s research focuses on biogeochemistry of natural systems. In particular, he is interested in the carbon and nitrogen cycles within aquatic systems. Current research topics include the landscape controls on the watershed export of carbon, biogeochemical transformations in estuaries, the physics of air-sea CO2 exchange, nitrogen cycling in temperate watersheds, and determining the age and composition of carbon being transported from land to the ocean. His research often utilizes the watershed approach and natural isotopes to determine major sources, sinks, and ages of various carbon and nitrogen pools in the natural environment.
Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.