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Methane Leaks Field trip Climate Action Hands-On: Harnessing Science with Communities to Cut Carbon

Objective: Hands-on field activity collecting data on real-word methane leaks from natural gas infrastructure in Cambridge and Somerville MA. Familiarize two sets of 5–8 participants with the tools and methods.

Field Trip Place-Based Learning Communities SDG 15 - Life on Land
Final Website Solving Complex Problems

First, the class must create a content-rich web site to describe and justify its overall design.

Website Collaborative, Small Group Learning Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
GFD0: Rotation Stiffens Fluids Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Demonstration for the course Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Demonstration Other Fluid Dynamics SDG 15 - Life on Land
Assignment 1: Elemental Case Study Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes

Small group project exploring the urban/planning implications of water, food, “nature” (however specifically defined), energy, and communications in the Boston area. Each small group will be assigned an “element” to research and document.


Group Presentation, Visual Representation, Written Report Place-Based Learning Urban Planning SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Problem Set 2 Energy Economics

This problem set reviews your knowledge of multivariate regression analysis. 

Problem Set Other Economics SDG 8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth
Artifacts, Layers, Traces, and Trends The Once and Future City

Now the objective is to find traces of these changes present in the current environment and to interpret their significance. Many of you were attracted to your site because of some anomalous features that puzzled you and made you wonder why they were there and what had caused them to be. This is an opportunity to explore some answers to such puzzles.

Paper Place-Based Learning Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Tutorials D-Lab: Water Climate Change and Health

The tutorial is an opportunity to pick a topic of your choice from the universe of topics pertaining to the subjects of water, climate change, and health and share that with the class. The tutorial will be undertaken either with one teammate, or individually. It can be done in any format of your choice, with creative, non-traditional pedagogies (eg. demos, games, workshops, other activities) most welcome. 

There will be roughly one tutorial per week.

Presentation Inquiry-Based Learning Varies SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
Exam #3 Ecology I: The Earth System

Approximately 50% of the quiz will cover new material: everything from Lecture 14 (Human Population Growth on November 3rd) through Lecture 18 (Prof. Sterman’s Lecture on November 19th) including competition and the niche, predation, and biogeography. The remaining 50% will be cumulative, and may cover anything from Lecture 1 through Lecture 13.  This includes the early earth, redox reactions, energy transformations and metabolism, biogeochemical cycles, the carbon cycle, primary and secondary productivity, Redfield ratio and limiting factors, ecosystem experiments, food webs, population growth, chemostats, and life tables.  Like Quiz 1 and 2, the questions will be primarily short answer, which can be responded to with a few sentences, a sketch with a description, or a brief calculation. We could also ask you to interpret a graph/data or give you a discussion question. Use Problem Sets 1-3, the Quiz 3 Study Questions, the Lecture Notes, and the Lecture Handouts as a top priority for studying. Make sure you are familiar with the articles that have been assigned. Remember to bring a calculator! 

Study Guide Other Ecology SDG 15 - Life on Land
GFDII: Convection Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Demonstration for the course Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Demonstration Other Fluid Dynamics SDG 15 - Life on Land
Midterm Exam Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy

The purpose of this mid-term is for you to:

  • Show your grasp of the challenges in this course
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the reading assignments and relationship to the seminar discussions
  • Show understanding of sustainability issues at this point, and on this basis
  • Obtain some feedback from the instructor as relevant
  • It would be useful to outline your answers before actually writing. Since you will demonstrate familiarity with the assigned readings, please feel free to draw from materials across various weeks - as needed.
Exam Other Political Science SDG 15 - Life on Land