- CEE 490 – Independent Study
- For a full listing of energy related courses within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department visit http://cee.engin.umich.edu/
This Winter 2009 project, offered through the Graham Institutes Scholar Program, will focus on the pressing need of the Chilean government to ensure adequate future energy supplies, specifically examining currently proposed hydropower projects in Patagonia. Students will consider the geographical, cultural, political, and economic settings in Chile relevant to hydropower and the Patagonian region. General concepts on energy production through hydroelectricity will be presented, along with a consideration of impacts of hydropower development, specifically the potential for collapse of native fish populations, loss of biodiversity, reduced tourism, and displacement of local communities. Alternative energy development and sustainability principles will be emphasized throughout the course, with comparisons made to historical projects in the Pacific Northwest. It will likely also involve a group of University of Concepcion students, who will be taking a similar course.
Applications for this course are due October 10, 2008.
For additional information visit http://www.graham.umich.edu//academics/cee490_chile2009.html