EAEE E1100.001 : EARTH RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT


SYLLABUS


Session 1
Wednesday - January 23, 2002
Topic:
General Overview and Introduction
Class Plan:
  • Class goals and grading
  • General Introduction to Resources and the Environment
  • Introduction to Modeling and Simcity

Assignments :

Reading summaries on: (due January 30):

  • Historical evolution of resource use and the role of technology in developing solutions, read the Cadillac Desert case
  • Ethics,  culture and historical/philosophical perspective and local resource use, and  environmental management. Read the Love Canal case.

 


Session 2
Monday - January 28, 2002
Topic:
Group Formation and Selection of Term project
Class Plan:
  • Relevant concepts on group dynamics and tips on group formation
  •  Introduction of Term Projects Topics (Group and Project selection due February 11)
    • Electricity generation for New York City
    • PCBs in the Hudson river assessment and mitigation plan
    • Long term municipal solid waste management for NYC
    • Titanium mining in the Great Sacandaga Lake environmental impact assessment
    • Alternative fuels
    • Analysis of transportation modes

Assignments:
 Simcity HW 1
Files:
  • possible term projects
  • Session 3
    Wednesday - January 30, 2002
    Topic:
    Population Growth and Economic Analysis
    Class Plan:
    • Population growth:

      • Logistic

      • Exponential

      • Birth/Death rate

      • Migrations

    • Economics:

      • Cash Flow Analysis

      • Net Present Value

      • Annualized Cost

      • Payback Analysis

      • Alternative Comparison


    Assignments:
     Calculation of population growth (due February 4)
    Files:
  • Lec 2 Population Growth & Economic Analysis
  • Population growth Example
  • Session 4
    Monday - February 04, 2002
    Topic:
    Project Analysis, Time Value of Money, Economic Basis for Decisions
    Class Plan:
    • Project analysis: Depreciation, interest rate
    • Time value of money

    • Economic basis for decisions, Cost-benefit analysis

    • Measurement of social costs, shadow prices. Externalities, taxes and permits
    Examples
    • Project analysis:

      • Water Management in a reservoir

      • Power plant

    • Air pollution tax vs. air pollution tradable permits.

    Assignments :
    • Reading on consumer preference (due February 6)
    • Homework on project analysis (due February 11)

    Required Readings:
  • Rubin, Chapter 13 :
  • Files:
  • Cash Flow and  Economic Analysis
  • Session 5
    Wednesday - February 06, 2002
    Topic:
    Global Environmental Problems: The Climate
    Class Plan:
    • Long term climate variations
    • Main factors defining climate:

      • Radiation

      • Planetary rotation

      • Surface albedo

      • Water

    • Radiation balance, residence times


    Assignments :
     

    Homework on static energy balance involving planetary average temperature and albedo, due February 13


    Required Readings:
  • Rubin, Chapter 12 :
  • Files:
  • Background Notes and Web LInks for Global Warming
  • Class Presentation02-06
  • Session 6
    Monday - February 11, 2002
    Topic:
    Climate, Policy and Potential Solutions
    Class Plan:
    • Climate models
      • Inputs, outputs.

      • Uncertainty

    • Policy and decision making

      • Inputs, outputs.

      • Uncertainty

    • Solutions


    Assignments :
     Simearth homework due February 18
    Session 7
    Wednesday - February 13, 2002
    Topic:
    Energy and the Environment
    Class Plan:
    • Types of power plants
    • Supply and demand

    • Time variability of demand and supply

    • Efficiency

    • Cost

    • Global distribution of sources of fuel/types of fuels

    • Case study of New York, including participation by group that has this term project


    Assignments :
     Computations of Peak/Average/Low demands at system level, and plant level. (due February 20)
    Required Readings:
  • Rubin, Chapter 5 :
  • Energy Consumption and Income : World Bank presentation
  • Recommended Readings:
  • Time variability of demand :
  • Energy Consumption and Income : World Bank presentation and papers
  • Files:
  • Radiative Balance and Forcing by Greenhouse gases
  • Session 8
    Monday - February 18, 2002
    Topic:
    Power Plants
    Class Plan:
    • Fuel to mechanical to electrical conversion
    • Fossil fuels

    • Waste and byproducts


    Required Readings:
  • Rubin, chapter 5 :
  • Files:
  • Electricity-Fossil Impacts and choices Lect 02-18/20
  • Session 9
    Wednesday - February 20, 2002
    Topic:
    Zero Emission or Carbon Sequestration
    Class Plan:
     Professor K. Lackner guest lecturer
    Assignments Due:
     

      Session 10
      Monday - February 25, 2002
      Topic:
      Alternative Fuels
      Class Plan:
       Professor Vijay Modi guest lecturer on Alternative Fuels. Selection of:
      • Thermoelectric

      • Geothermal

      • Hydro

      • Solar

      • Fuel Cells

      • Wind


      Assignments Due:
       Reading on those alternatives not covered, adoption issues, general schemes (due February 27)
      Recommended Readings:
    • Carfree Cities   :  Carfree cities past, present, and future. Presents solutions to the problem of the urban  automobile.
    • Power Your Home With Your Car? : What happens when tomorrow's cars become rolling electric generators capable of powering your home or even small business? Or maybe you'll power your car with electricity from your home fuel cell
    • Assignments Due:
    • Powerplant Homework
    • Session 11
      Wednesday - February 27, 2002
      Topic:
      Alternative Fuels
      Class Plan:
      • Wrap up on alternative energies 
      • Term project group on alternative energies presentation 


      Assignments:
       Calculations on adoption of one type of alternative energy (due March 4)
      Recommended Readings:
    • Australian Government Renewable Energy Site :
    • Assignments Due:
    • SIMEARTH ASSIGNMENT
    • Session 12
      Monday - March 04, 2002
      Topic:
      Midterm Preparation
      Class Plan:
      Quiz, preparation for the midterm
      Files:
    • Review for 1st Exam
    • Deteminism and Uncertainty-Logistic Map
    • Session 13
      Wednesday - March 06, 2002
      Topic:
      Transportation
      Class Plan:
       
      • Transportation :Car to fuel use to CO2 problem sequence
      • Questions for the midterm