CEE 896 (02) - Special Topics

Sp Top/Infra Syst & Resilien

Durham   Engineering&Physical Sciences :: Civil&Environmental Engnrng
Course Delivery Method: Rotational Attendance
Credits: 3.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   9  
CRN: 54643
Advanced or specialized topics not normally covered in regular course offerings. May be repeated, but not in duplicate areas. Prereq: permission. Special Fee.
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
Equivalent(s): CIE 896
Instructors: Kyle Kwiatkowski

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 MW 4:10pm - 5:30pm KING N133
Additional Course Details: 

Our communities and infrastructure face increasingly complex, uncertain, and “wicked” challenges, like climate change and natural hazards. This includes threats like extreme heat, drought, increased precipitation intensity, sea-level rise, and more frequent and intense storms, all of which vary geographically and are made more challenging due to increased population, affluence, and urbanization. It is an essential part of our role as engineers and citizens to confront these risks now and into the long-term future. This course focuses on how we can understand and address the issues of climate change adaptation and natural hazards through resilience planning and design, vulnerability analysis, and disaster risk reduction. As a survey course, you will get an introduction to the inter-related issues of resilience and sustainable development, including theories of resilience, systems thinking, uncertainty and risk analysis, and a common vocabulary to communicate with a range of stakeholders like community members, engineers, climate scientists, and policy-makers. Examples will be drawn from a variety of infrastructure sectors and students will have opportunities to apply knowledge from class to their own specific areas of interest through course writing assignments and projects. Knowledge of sustainability is helpful but there are no prerequisites, and this course satisfies the “Sustainability” CEE area elective.