IEPG 8512 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science and Policy
Monterey Institute of International Studies
This course introduces the use of quantitative methods in environmental analysis. Students will learn how to apply basic principles of natural science to a variety of globally important environmental problems. Topics covered include estimation techniques and stock-flow modeling; population and resource use; biogeochemical cycles; acid deposition; climate change; stratospheric ozone depletion; toxic pollution and public health; and radiation and radioactivity. The methods taught in this course have proven useful not only for aspiring environmental scientists and engineers, but also for those working in public policy, environmental law, ecological economics, international development, business, and journalism.
4 Credit hours
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Mark Bishop
John Harte, Consider a Spherical Cow: A Course in Environmental Problem Solving, University Science Books, 1988 (paperback). (Available from publisher’s website)
Gilbert Masters and Wendell Ela, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, 3rd ed., Pearson Education, 2008 (hard cover).
John Harte et al., Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards, U.C. Press, 1991 (paperback).
Daniel Botkin and Edward Keller, Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 6th ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2007 (hard cover).
An Introduction to Chemistry, Chemistry First by Mark Bishop
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Environmental Protection Agency
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)
Pacific Institute Web Site – The World’s Water
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
World Resources Institute - Earthtrends database
U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization FAOSTAT database
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