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EARTHSYS 263E: International Climate Negotiations: Unpacking the Road to Paris (CEE 163E, CEE 263E, EARTHSYS 163E)

Interested in what's going on with international climate negotiations, why it has proven so difficult to reach a meaningful agreement? Wondering whether or not another UN agreement is even a meaningful part of climate policy in 2015? This course traces the history of climate negotiations from the very first awareness of the problem of climate change, through the Kyoto Protocol and Copenhagen Accord, to the current state of international negotiations in the lead-up to the 21st Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris in December 2015. The course covers fundamental concepts in climate change science and policy, international law and multilateral environmental agreements, as well as key issues of climate finance, climate justice, equity, adaptation, communication, and social movements that together comprise the subjects of debate in the negotiations. We will discuss all the key facets of what's being negotiated in Paris and prepare students to follow the outcome of the negotiation in detail. Students also participate in a three-day mock conference of the parties. By application only.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3

EARTHSYS 263F: Groundwork for COP21 (CEE 163F, CEE 263F, EARTHSYS 163F)

This course will prepare undergraduate and coterm students to observe the climate change negotiations (COP 21) in Paris in November/December 2015. Students will develop individual projects to be carried out before and during the negotiation session and be paired with mentors. Please note: Along with EARTHSYS 163E/ CEE 163E, this course is part of the required two-course-set in which undergraduate and co-terminal masters degree students must enroll to receive accreditation to the climate negotiations.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1

EARTHSYS 268: The Evolving Sphere of Food Security (EARTHSYS 168)

This seminar delves into a comprehensive new volume on food security written by an all-Stanford team of nineteen faculty and researchers. It explores the interconnections of food security with energy, water, climate, health, and national security, and examines the role of food and agricultural policies and their consequences in countries at different stages of development. Led by the editor of the book, with participation of several of the authors from across many disciplines. Prerequisite: ECON 106. Admission is by application.
Last offered: Winter 2015

EARTHSYS 272: Antarctic Marine Geology (ESS 242)

For upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. Intermediate and advanced topics in marine geology and geophysics, focusing on examples from the Antarctic continental margin and adjacent Southern Ocean. Topics: glaciers, icebergs, and sea ice as geologic agents (glacial and glacial marine sedimentology, Southern Ocean current systems and deep ocean sedimentation), Antarctic biostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy (continental margin evolution). Students interpret seismic lines and sediment core/well log data. Examples from a recent scientific drilling expedition to Prydz Bay, Antarctica. Up to two students may have an opportunity to study at sea in Antarctica during Winter Quarter.
Last offered: Autumn 2009

EARTHSYS 273: Aquaculture and the Environment: Science, History, and Policy (EARTHSYS 173, ESS 173, ESS 273)

Can aquaculture feed billions of people without degrading aquatic ecosystems or adversely impacting local communities? Interdisciplinary focus on aquaculture science and management, international seafood markets, historical case studies (salmon farming in Chile, tuna ranching in the Mediterranean, shrimp farming in Vietnam), current federal/state legislation. Field trip to aquaculture farm and guest lectures. By application only - instructor consent required. Contact gerhart@stanford.edu or dhklinger@stanford.edu prior to first day of class.
Last offered: Spring 2012

EARTHSYS 275: California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law (CEE 175A, CEE 275A, EARTHSYS 175, PUBLPOL 175, PUBLPOL 275)

This interdisciplinary course integrates the legal, scientific, and policy dimensions of how we characterize and manage resource use and allocation along the California coast. We will use this geographic setting as the vehicle for exploring more generally how agencies, legislatures, and courts resolve resource-use conflicts and the role that scientific information and uncertainty play in the process. Our focus will be on the land-sea interface as we explore contemporary coastal land-use and marine resource decision-making, including coastal pollution, public health, ecosystem management; public access; private development; local community and state infrastructure; natural systems and significant threats; resource extraction; and conservation, mitigation and restoration. Students will learn the fundamental physics, chemistry, and biology of the coastal zone, tools for exploring data collected in the coastal ocean, and the institutional framework that shapes public and private decisions affecting coastal resources. There will be 3 to 4 written assignments addressing policy and science issues during the quarter, as well as a take-home final assignment. Special Instructions: In-class work and discussion is often done in interdisciplinary teams of students from the School of Law, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. Students are expected to participate in class discussion and field trips. Elements used in grading: Participation, including class session and field trip attendance, writing and quantitative assignments. Cross-listed with Civil & Environmental Engineering ( CEE 175A/275A), Earth Systems ( EARTHSYS 175/275), Law ( LAW514), and Public Policy ( PUBLPOL 175/275). Open to graduate students and to advanced undergraduates with instructor consent.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4

EARTHSYS 276: Open Space Management Practicum (EARTHSYS 176)

The unique patchwork of urban-to-rural land uses, property ownership, and ecosystems in our region poses numerous challenges and opportunities for regional conservation and environmental stewardship. Students in this class will address a particular challenge through a faculty-mentored research project engaged with the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Acterra, or the Amah Mutsun Land Trust that focuses on open space management. By focusing on a project driven by the needs of these organizations and carried out through engagement with the community, and with thorough reflection, study, and discussion about the roles of scientific, economic, and policy research in local-scale environmental decision-making, students will explore the underlying challenges and complexities of what it means to actually do community-engaged research for conservation and open space preservation in the real world. As such, this course will provide students with skills and experience in research design in conservation biology and ecology, community and stakeholder engagement, land use policy and planning, and the practical aspects of land and environmental management.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-4

EARTHSYS 276A: Open Space Practicum Independent Study

Additional practicum units for students intent on continuing their projects from EARTHSYS 276. Students who enroll in 276A must have completed EARTHSYS 276: Open Space Management Practicum, or have consent of the instructors.
Terms: Win | Units: 1-2

EARTHSYS 277: Interdisciplinary Research Survival Skills (EARTHSYS 177, ENVRINST 177, ENVRINST 277)

Learning in interdisciplinary situations. Framing research questions. Developing research methods that benefit from interdisciplinary understanding. Writing for multiple audiences and effectively making interdisciplinary presentations. Discussions with interdisciplinary experts from across campus regarding interdisciplinary research projects.
Last offered: Spring 2015

EARTHSYS 277C: Specialized Writing and Reporting: Environmental Journalism (COMM 177C, COMM 277C, EARTHSYS 177C)

(Graduate students register for COMM / EARTHSYS 277C.) A practical, writing-intensive course for science and journalism students that begins with the assumption that you already know how to research and relay the essential facts of almost any environmental story. You will go beyond the basics, both as reporters and storytellers. Learn how to write stories that stand on fact but move like fiction, that have protagonists and antagonists, that create suspense, that reveal character through dialogue and action, and that pay off with resonant finales. Limited enrollment: preference to journalism students and students in the natural and environmental sciences. Prerequisite: COMM 104, EARTHSYS 200 or consent of instructor. Admission by application only, available from thayden@stanford.edu. Applications due Nov. 30, 2015.
Terms: Win | Units: 4-5
Instructors: Hawk, S. (PI)
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