EC.719 | Spring 2019 | Undergraduate

D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health


Week # Topics Lectures Action Learning, Demos, Games, & Term Projects Key Dates
1 Introduction & Weather Story Class Intros and Your Weather Story Term Projects: Expectations and Deliverables  
2 Water, Climate Change, and Health Intro What Makes a Planet Habitable? Planetary Boundaries Project Profiles  
3 Climate 1 Earth’s Climate History

Project Profiles (cont.)

Present and Discuss Favorite Drawdown Solution(s)

4 Climate 2 10,000 Years Ago to Present Discussion of Project Ideas & Favorite Drawdown Solution(s) MIT Water Night Event (Optional)
5 Climate 3

Atmospheric and Oceanic General Circulation Models

Guest Lecture: Kasturi Shah, MIT Graduate Student

  Due: 1st Deliverable
6 Climate 4 Future Projections Demo: Soil Carbon Sponge Demo Field Trip #1: Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory (Optional)
7 Water & Climate Change Climate Change, Human, and Planetary Health Through the Lens of Water Project Updates Due: 2nd Deliverable
8 Game No lecture

Team Project Updates

“Save the World in 120 Minutes” Simulation Game

9 One Health

One Health

Guest Lecture: Hellen Amuguni, Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

10 Storm Water Management No lecture   Field Trip #2: MWRA Storm Water Management, Combined Sewer Overflows
11 Oceans Ocean Acidification Renewable Energy (Background to Field Trip #3)

Due: 3rd Deliverable

MIT Climate Night Event (Optional)

Field Trip #3: Hull Wind Energy (Optional)

Field Trip #4: City Nature Challenge (Optional)

12 Climate & Sustainability

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back: How the World is Doing in Addressing Climate Change and Related Sustainability Issues

Guest Lecture: Bill Moomaw, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy at Tufts University

MIT’s Climate Action Plan and Massachusetts Climate Action

Guest Lecture: Curt Newton, MIT Climate Action Advisory Committee, 350 Massachusetts

13 SLR Case Study A Sea Level Rise and Flooding in Coastal Cities Case Study: Boston    
14 Low Carbon Home No lecture  

Field Trip #5: See Solar Electric, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal Installations in a 100-Year Old Home

Due: Final Deliverable

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2019
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments
Projects with Examples
Lecture Notes
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