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EARTHSYS 56Q: Changes in the Coastal Ocean: The View From Monterey and San Francisco Bays (ESS 56Q)

Preference to sophomores. Recent changes in the California current, using Monterey Bay as an example. Current literature introduces principles of oceanography. Visits from researchers from MBARI, Hopkins, and UCSC. Optional field trip to MBARI and Monterey Bay.
Last offered: Winter 2015 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci

EARTHSYS 57Q: Climate Change from the Past to the Future (ESS 57Q)

Preference to sophomores. Numeric models to predict how climate responds to increase of greenhouse gases. Paleoclimate during times in Earth's history when greenhouse gas concentrations were elevated with respect to current concentrations. Predicted scenarios of climate models and how these models compare to known hyperthermal events in Earth history. Interactions and feedbacks among biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Topics include long- and short-term carbon cycle, coupled biogeochemical cycles affected by and controlling climate change, and how the biosphere responds to climate change. Possible remediation strategies.
Last offered: Winter 2015 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA

EARTHSYS 61Q: Food and security (ESS 61Q, INTNLREL 61Q)

The course will provide a broad overview of key policy issues concerning agricultural development and food security, and will assess how global governance is addressing the problem of food security. At the same time the course will provide an overview of the field of international security, and examine how governments and international institutions are beginning to include food in discussions of security.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3

EARTHSYS 100: Environmental and Geological Field Studies in the Rocky Mountains (ESS 101, GS 101)

Three-week, field-based program in the Greater Yellowstone/Teton and Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Field-based exercises covering topics including: basics of structural geology and petrology; glacial geology; western cordillera geology; paleoclimatology; chemical weathering; aqueous geochemistry; and environmental issues such as acid mine drainage and changing land-use patterns.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3

EARTHSYS 101: Energy and the Environment (ENERGY 101)

Energy use in modern society and the consequences of current and future energy use patterns. Case studies illustrate resource estimation, engineering analysis of energy systems, and options for managing carbon emissions. Focus is on energy definitions, use patterns, resource estimation, pollution. Recommended: MATH 21 or 42.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA

EARTHSYS 102: Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes (ENERGY 102)

Do you want a much better understanding of renewable power technologies? Did you know that wind and solar are the fastest growing forms of electricity generation? Are you interested in hearing about the most recent, and future, designs for green power? Do you want to understand what limits power extraction from renewable resources and how current designs could be improved? This course dives deep into these and related issues for wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, tidal and wave power technologies. We welcome all student, from non-majors to MBAs and grad students. If you are potentially interested in an energy or environmental related major, this course is particularly useful. Recommended: Math 21 or 42.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA

EARTHSYS 103: Understanding Energy (CEE 107A, CEE 207A)

Energy is one of the world's main drivers of opportunity and development for human beings. At the same time, our energy system has significant consequences for our society, political system, economy, and environment. For example, energy production and use is the #1 source of greenhouse gas emissions. This course surveys key aspects of each energy resource, including significance and potential conversion processes and technologies, drivers and barriers, policy and regulatory environment, and social, economic, and environmental impacts. Both depletable and renewable energy resources are covered, including oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, biomass, hydroelectric, wind, solar, photovoltaics, geothermal, and ocean energy, with cross-cutting topics including electricity, storage, climate change, sustainability, green buildings, energy efficiency, transportation, and the developing world. Understanding Energy is part of a trio of inter-related courses aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of each energy resource - from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The other two classes are CEE107W/207W Understanding Energy - Workshop, and CEE 107F/207F Understanding Energy -- Field Trips. Note that this course was formerly called Energy Resources ( CEE 173A/207A & Earthsys 103). Prerequisites: Algebra. May not be taken for credit by students who have completed CEE 107S.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SI

EARTHSYS 103F: Understanding Energy -- Field Trips (CEE 107F, CEE 207F)

Understanding Energy - Field Trips takes students on trips to major energy resource sites located within a few hours of Stanford University. Students visit at least two of the many field trips offered, including to a nuclear power plant, a wind farm, a geothermal facility, a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, a hydroelectric power plant, an oil field, and a natural gas-fired power plant, among others (field trips offered may vary by quarter). Students meet 7-8 times during the quarter to debrief previous field trips and prepare for future ones. Open to all majors and backgrounds. Understanding Energy - Field Trips is part of a trio of inter-related courses aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of each energy resource -- from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The other two courses are  CEE 107A/207A & EARTHSYS 103 Understanding Energy, and  CEE 107W/207W & EARTHSYS 103W Understanding Energy - Workshop. Priority is given to students who have taken or are concurrently enrolled in  CEE 173ACEE 107ACEE 207AEARTHSYS 103, or  CEE 107S/207S.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1

EARTHSYS 103W: Understanding Energy -- Workshop (CEE 107W, CEE 207W)

Interactive workshop that goes in depth into cross-cutting energy topics touched on by  CEE 107A/207A &  EARTHSYS 103 - Understanding Energy. Topics covered include energy and sustainability, energy information analysis, energy and climate change policy, electricity storage, exergy and energy quality, energy-water nexus, energy and land use, energy and air quality, and transportation policy. Students are graded on attendance, participation, and a short final paper. Sessions will involve discussions, group activities, and fun debates. Open to all majors and backgrounds. This workshop is part of a trio of inter-related courses aimed at gaining an in-depth understanding of each energy resource -- from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The other two classes are  CEE 107A/207A & EARTHSYS 103 Understanding Energy, and  CEE 107F/207F & EARTHSYS 103F Understanding Energy Field Trips. Prerequisites: Must have taken or take concurrently  CEE 173ACEE 107ACEE 207A, EARTHSYS 103, or  CEE 107S/207S. 
Terms: Spr | Units: 1

EARTHSYS 104: The Water Course (GEOPHYS 70)

The pathway that water takes from rainfall to the tap using student home towns as an example. How the geological environment controls the quantity and quality of water; taste tests of water from around the world. Current U.S. and world water supply issues.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
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