AOSC 661
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AOSC 661 - Sustainability Modeling

  • Undergraduate level algebra, some knowledge of calculus and introductory differential equations (optional, but preferred), and computer proficiency. Please consult with instructor for details.


This course is suitable for students who are concerned with sustainability issues, have little or no background in computational modeling, but would like to understand what modeling can do to help solve sustainability problems. By exploring a variety of contemporary societal issues (e.g., water scarcity, biodiversity loss, energy dependence), you will be introduced to modeling approaches for simulating and quantitatively understanding sustainability variables (inputs and outputs), and using modeling towards the design of policy measures that can be implemented as a response to such issues. A general modeling framework is developed using systems dynamics theory. Video-based lectures will be complemented with online discussion sessions and real-world based modeling exercises to get hands-on knowledge of practical solutions to sustainability challenges. Open to students of all backgrounds.

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