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  • CAS GE 483: Geodynamics II: Fluids and Fluid Transport
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 124 or CAS MA 127 or CAS MA 129 ; CAS PY 211 ; CAS ES 360; or consent of the instructor.
    Large- and small-scale phenomena in oceanic, atmospheric, and landsurface fluids. Properties of gases and liquids; surface and body forces; statics; flow analysis; continuity and momentum conservation. Darcy's Law; potential, open channel, and geostrophic flow; dimensional analysis; diffusion, turbulence.
  • CAS GE 491: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of CAS Room 105 (Taylor Advising Center).
    Directed Study
  • CAS GE 492: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of CAS Room 105 (Taylor Advising Center).
    Directed Study.
  • CAS GE 501: Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 302.
    Examines advanced concepts in radiative transfer and information extraction relevant to remote sensing. Emphasis on applications of digital image processing to remote sensing problems.
  • CAS GE 502: Field Measurements for Remote Sensing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 501; or CASGE501 may be taken as a co-requisite.
    Field measurements to support remote sensing activities. Theory and measurement of upwelling and downwelling flux fields with field radiometers and spectrometers; forest canopy leaf area using specialized instruments; hemispherical canopy photography; GPS field location and surveying techniques; simple forest mensuration.
  • CAS GE 503: Micrometeorology: Energy and Mass Transfer at the Earth's Surface
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 310 ; CAS MA 121 ; CAS PY 233; or graduate standing.
    Modern theories and techniques for measurement and analysis of physical processes occuring at the Earth's surface: radiation regimes; energy and mass exchange; agricultural and forest micrometeorology: remote sensing and modeling of land surface properties and processes.
  • CAS GE 504: Physical Climatology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 310; or consent of instructor.
    Physical principles governing the climate system and the spatial and temporal patterns of weather elements on regional and global scales. Physics of energy, mass, and momentum transfer; the observed state of the atmosphere; climate feedback processes; and climate change.
  • CAS GE 505: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 365 and CAS MA 213.
    Provides a theoretical and practical introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Introduces the essentials in GIS, methods of data capture and sources of data, nature and characteristics of spatial data and objects, data structures, modeling surfaces, volumes and time, and data uncertainty. Emphasis is on applications. Laboratory exercises included.
  • CAS GE 507: Dynamical Oceanography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 124 or CAS MA 127 or CAS MA 129; and CASES144, and CASPY212, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the physical ocean system. Physical properties of seawater; essential ocean dynamics; mixing and stirring in the ocean; simple waves; observed current systems and water masses; and coupled atmosphere-ocean variability. Also offered as CAS ES 507.
  • CAS GE 509: Applied Environmental Statistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 115/116 or CAS MA 213/214; and CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123; and CAS MA 581; or consent of instructor.
    Survey of modern probability-based statistical methods in environmental science. Core concepts in likelihood and Bayesian approaches are used to address spatial, time-series, and latent variable models and non-Gaussian, non-linear, heterogenous, and missing data. Project-based course focused on applications to data.
  • CAS GE 510: Physical Principles of the Environment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 306 and CAS GE 304; or consent of instructor.
    Principles and concepts underlying the physical and ecological forces that cause environmental change. Topics include soil erosion, acid rain, thermal pollution, greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity.
  • CAS GE 514: Dynamic Land Surface Hydrology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123 or CAS MA 127 and CAS CH 101 or CAS CH 111 or CAS CH 131 or CAS CH 161 or CAS CH 171 or CAS PY 105 or CAS PY 211 or CAS PY 233 or CAS PY 251.
    Land surface hydrology with emphasis on the unsaturated zone. Development and applications of physics governing transport of water, vapor, and heat in soils and the near surface atmosphere. Effects of vegetation, topography, and water table runoff, evapotranspiration, and recharge.
  • CAS GE 516: Multivariate Analysis for Geographers
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 214; or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    Applications of multivariate techniques to problems in spatial context, emphasizing interpretation. Review of regression and analysis of variance. Introduction to topics including canonical correlation, factor analysis, discriminant and clustering analyses.
  • CAS GE 519: Energy, Society, and the Environment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 304; or equivalent.
    Focus on applied political economy and the intersection of policy, energy systems, and environmental systems. Project based learning, with an emphasis on energy technology and obstacles to deployment.
  • CAS GE 521: Law for Sustainability
    A survey of the major features of environmental and related law: common law, statutory law, administrative law, and relevant procedural and constitutional issues. Students examine how well these laws work to bring about sustainability. Students read cases and practice advocacy.
  • CAS GE 522: The Development of Sustainable Environmental Responsibility
    In-depth look at how society can address environmental problems: the history of the environmental movement; relevant legal, economic and cultural concepts; and international and emerging concerns. Examines root causes and constructive group processes for crafting a more sustainable world.
  • CAS GE 523: Marine Urban Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Marine Semester.
    Marine Urban Ecology is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems. Topics, ecosystems, and organisms associated with urbanization in the Greater Boston area. Also offered as CAS GE 523.
  • CAS GE 524: Environmental Justice
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Exploration of the origins of and current trends in environmental justice activism and scholarship. Introduces empirical evidence of environmental (in)justice, links contemporary environmental problems to historical and broader political-economic processes, and explores a range of responses to environmental injustice.
  • CAS GE 525: Plant Physiological Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 303 or CAS BI 306 or CAS BI 305; and CASCH101, CASPY211, or equivalent.
    In-depth treatment of eco-physiological responses of plants and communities to environmental factors and climate change, as well as plant and community level impacts on the environment as manifested primarily in hydrologic, energy, and carbon cycles.
  • CAS GE 529: Modeling and Monitoring Terrestrial Ecosystems Processes
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 302; AND (CASBI303 OR CASBI306).
    Analyzes the interface of ecosystem process modeling and remote sensing, modeling terrestrial primary production, and potential of remote sensing for collecting biotic and abiotic data in ecosystem process studies.