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  • 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 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 512: Global Climate Change: Policy Modeling and Analysis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 303 ; CAS MA 121 ; CAS CS 111.
    Introduction to the analysis of climate change policies and associated economic issues. Students learn to analyze policy through computational energy-environmental-economic simulations that reflect insights of theoretical economic analyses. Emphasis on developing familiarity with state of the art modeling techniques.
  • 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 124; 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 520: Topics in Energy and Environmental Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Topics vary from year to year. Topic for Spring 2014: Lead Poisoning Prevention Analysis. Analysis and follow up of a 2013 study that received responses from more than 40 states about lead poisoning prevention efforts about unsafe work in child-occupied buildings. Students identify and consult experts and learn about lead poisoning prevention.
  • CAS GE 521: Environmental Law and Policy
    Survey of the major features of environmental law and relevant procedural and constitutional issues. Comparison of practical realities (political, economic, social, geographic, biological) with the ideal context for what should be. Projects include legal research and mock advocacy.
  • CAS GE 522: Environmental Policy and Decision-Making
    In-depth look at environmental policy and decision-making: how society addresses environmental problems. Includes discussion of the environmental movement, law, science, technology, economics, and international relations. Examines new issues facing environmental professionals and approaches to creating a 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 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.
  • CAS GE 530: Forest Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; and CASBI303 or CASBI306, or consent of instructor.
    The major biotic and abiotic factors influencing forest ecosystem composition, structure and function. Role of solar radiation, hydrology, soils, succession, and management of forest ecosystems. Includes New England case study. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Also meets with CAS BI 530.