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Physical concepts necessary to understand atmospheric structure and motion. Phenomena studied include the formation of clouds and precipitation, solar and terrestrial radiation, dynamical balance of the large-scale wind, and the origin of cyclones. Concepts developed for understanding today's...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Brian F. Farrell
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Physical and chemical processes determining the composition of the atmosphere and its implications for climate, ecosystems, and human welfare. Construction of atmospheric composition models. Atmospheric transport. Nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon cycles. Climate forcing by greenhouse gases and...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Daniel Jacob
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Tropospheric and stratospheric gas and aerosol chemistry. Carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and mercury cycles. Implications for climate change, air quality, ecosystems. Notes: The course time is flexible. Lecture and section times will be chosen in consultation with students to maximize participation....
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Daniel Jacob, Steven Wofsy
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Overview of the basic features of the climate system (global energy balance, atmospheric general circulation, ocean circulation, and climate variability) and the underlying physical processes. Note: This course includes a weekly computer lab to be arranged. Requirements: Applied Mathematics 105 (...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Zhiming Kuang
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Graduate-level introduction to environmental modeling and data analysis: data visualization, statistical inference, Bayes Theorem, optimal estimation, adjoint methods, Monte Carlo methods, time series analysis, denoising; principles and numerical methods for chemical transport and inverse models....
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Steven Wofsy, Daniel Jacob
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Provides a survey, from the perspective of economics, of environmental and natural resource policy. Combines lectures on conceptual and methodological topics with examinations of public policy issues.  Note: Offered jointly with the Kennedy School as API-135. Prerequisite: Ec 10a and Ec 10b or...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Robert N. Stavins
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Selected topics in environmental and resource economics. Emphasizes theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications. Includes invited outside speakers. Note: Primarily for graduate students in economics or related fields with environmental interests. Offered...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring, Fall
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Participants discuss recent research in environmental and natural resource economics and present their own work in progress. Students must complete both parts of this course (parts A&B) within the same academic year in order to receive credit. Note: Open to doctoral students only.
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Robert N. Stavins
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This course will provide students with an introduction to current topics in environmental science and engineering by providing: an overview of current environmental issues, critically evaluating their underlying science and knowledge limitations, and exploring the best-available engineering...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
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Principles governing energy generation and interconversion. Current and projected world energy use. Selected important current and anticipated future technologies for energy generation, interconversion, storage, and end usage. Note: Students may not take both Engineering Sciences 231 and...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Michael J. Aziz
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An introduction to the history, organization, goals, and ideals of environmental protection in America. Examines the shift in emphasis from nature protection to pollution control to sustainability over the 20th century and develops critical tools to analyze changing conceptions of nature and the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Sheila Jasanoff
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The major goal of conservation biology is to preserve and recover genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity through evidence-based assessment, analysis, and management. This course will integrate evolutionary and ecological theory into resource management, economics, sociology, and political...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Aaron Hartmann
Supervised reading and research on topics not covered by regular courses of instruction. Students must complete a registration form, including permission from their faculty sponsor, with the concentration office before course enrollment. A final paper describing the research/reading completed...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Noel Michele Holbrook
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Research and writing of the senior thesis under faculty direction. Senior honors candidates must take at least one term of this course while writing a thesis. The signature of the faculty adviser is required. Students must complete both terms of this course (parts A and B) within the same academic...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, Human Health, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Noel Michele Holbrook
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Global change ecology is the line of scientific inquiry that integrates the responses of organisms, ecosystems, and their environments with changes in human activity and climate. This seminar will focus on state-of-the-art research, tools, and measurements used in evaluating and anticipating global...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: David Foster
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This seminar will use mapping as a methodological technique to examine social and environmental issues. Students will be expected to use mapping software to examine spatial data for a location and topic of their choice for their final paper. Weekly discussions will be conducted in class on various...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Jill Kelly
An integrated approach to the diversity of life, emphasizing how chemical, physical, genetic, ecological and geologic processes contribute to the origin and maintenance of biological diversity. Topics to be covered include the evolution of metabolic pathways, multicellularity and structural...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Brian D. Farrell, Ann Pearson
Professor: Elena Kramer, Collin Johnson, Mansi Srivastava
Introduction to the structure, diversity, and physiology of plants with an emphasis on evolutionary relationships and adaptations to life on land. Topics include growth, resource acquisition, interactions with other organisms (i.e., fungi, bacteria, insects), reproduction, and survival in extreme...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Noel Michele Holbrook
Professor: Elena Kramer
The course covers micro- and macro-evolution, ranging in its focus from population genetics through molecular evolution to the grand patterns of the fossil record. Topics emphasized include both natural and sexual selection, the ecological context of adaptation, genomic and developmental mechanisms...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Andrew Berry
This course examines the relationships of organisms to their environment at the individual, population, and community level. The course covers topics in both pure and applied ecology including: adaptations to the physical environment, population dynamics, competition, predator-prey interactions,...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Andrew Davies, Paul Moorcroft
Professor: Collin Johnson
An introduction to the uses of plants by humans. Topics include the form, structure, and genetics of plants related to their use as sources of food, shelter, fiber, flavors, beverages, drugs, and medicines. Plant structure and reproduction are studied in lecture and laboratory with a particular...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Charles Davis
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This course surveys the scientific principles of sustainability and environmental management practices, with attention to system dynamics perspectives; sustainability—concerns, definitions, and indicators; quality of life—values and worldview; knowledge and models; ecological systems; human...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Thomas P. Gloria
An organization's sustainability fundamentals are presented in the form of an open source international high-level structure. Instead of stand-alone activities by the sustainability group, environmental stewardship, social well-being, and shared value with external stakeholders, all of the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Robert Pojasek
This course investigates the habitats and diversity of marine life in the world's oceans, discusses human impacts upon them, and examines sustainable management practices for the future. Topics include the ecology and management of bays, salt marshes and mangroves, coastal habitats, coral reefs,...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: George Buckley
The global economy is undergoing a fundamental transformation to low-carbon technologies from electric vehicles becoming mainstream and large-scale solar, wind, and even battery installations. Many countries and companies understand that this fourth industrial revolution will change everything, and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Energy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Richard Goode, Marlon Banta
Conserving and managing biodiversity and ecosystem services in diverse landscapes across the globe is a major sustainability challenge of this century. Solutions critically rest on fundamental concepts and principles in ecology. This course adopts an unusual, holistic approach by embedding...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Mark Leighton
The field of industrial ecology includes advanced tools and methods to assist practitioners seeking to redesign and realign industrial systems and activities to be more ecologically and socially sound. Central within the field of industrial ecology is life cycle assessment (LCA), which involves...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Gregory Norris
With the increased awareness of the impact that business and economic activity have on our planet, we are seeing a boom in entrepreneurial activity premised on social responsibility, environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, and other sustainability-related attributes. This course seeks to...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host:
Professor: Matthew Gardner, Ramon Sanchez
This course offers students direction and support to complete an individual research capstone project. It provides each participant with a guided immersion in the processes of heuristic question formulation, objective research design, and implementation. Included are hypothesis testing, data...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: Richard Wetzler
Provides a survey, from the perspective of economics, of public policy issues associated with environmental protection and natural resources management. Lectures on conceptual and methodological topics are combined with examinations of specific resource and environmental issues, with a particular...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Robert N. Stavins
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This is an advanced research seminar on selected topics in environmental and resource economics. Emphasizes theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications. Includes presentations by invited outside speakers. Students prepare critiques of presented papers and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
Faculty Host: Robert N. Stavins
Professor:
The oceans contain 97% of Earth’s water, and host the most disparate ecosystems on the planet. This course provides an introduction to deep ocean habitats, macrofauna and microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on the physiological adaptations of organisms to their environment, as well the role of...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Peter Girguis
Professor:
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
Faculty Host: Paul Moorcroft
Professor:
North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation. Notes...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: John R. Stilgoe
Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts and Humanities, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Faculty Host:
Professor: John Stilgoe
This introductory course will focus on the variety of legal mechanisms we use to address environmental harms such as air and water pollution, global climate change, and habitat destruction. We will focus on the key federal environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Fall
Faculty Host: Jody Freeman
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