Environmental Systems Science (SCIE 4104E)

Class Schedule for Spring 2016




Presentation/Lecture (40-60 Min)

Homework / Quiz

Group activity/Audio/Video
(40 min)

Experiment/ Projects
(40 min)

Class 1


Brooklyn Tech

Course Overview, Introduction to the GLOBE program:  What is GLOBE? 



Hands-on Science Experiment 1:  Measuring air and surface Temperature of objects

Class 2 6-Feb Brooklyn Tech Introduction to Environmental Systems Science, Atmosphere/climate, hydrology, Ecology, and alteration of air, soil and water Homework 1: Read and analyze the article and write report Video: IPCC - State of science
IPCC - Fifth Assessment Report
Math Experiment 1: Use of min, max and average function using Global/regional dataset
(1) Agriculture (2) CO2
Class 3 13-Feb CCNY Temperature: Measurements, Instruments (thermometer, satellite sensors), Calibration, protocol.   Group Activity 1:  Discussion/ presentation: Earth Systems Concept (poster board) Math Experiment 2: determine correlation coefficient and plotting using earth system data
(1) Data1 (2) Data2
Class 4 20-Feb Online Temperature: Trends, variability, global warming and mitigation    Video: IPCC – Climate change mitigation  Math Experiment 3: USA CO2 emission data to find trend and anomaly
(1) Global CO2 Data, (2) USA data
Class 5 27-Feb Brooklyn Tech Hydrology: Rainfall, Soil moisture, and Evapotranspiration. Measurements by Probe, Models and Satellite Sensors, Applications.  Quiz 1 Video:
NASA-SMAP mission,
Drought projection,
California drought 2014-15
Hands-on Science Experiment 2: Measuring rainfall, manual and tipping bucket measurement
Class 6 5-Mar Brooklyn Tech Atmosphere:  Cloud Type, Cloud Cover, Wind speed/direction, Hurricanes, (ground/satellite/ Radar). Homework 2: Report on "Inconvenient Truth" Group Activity 2: Discussion/ on climate adaptations and Global Warming mitigation  Hands-on Science Experiment 3: Soil moisture determination using Hydrometer (Due to cold wether moved to next class)
Class 7 12-Mar Brooklyn Tech Water quality: Temperature, conductivity, turbidity, salinity, monitoring and measurements   Video: TED Talk: Water & future
UN - Global water supply/crisis. 
Math Experiment 4: Climate/environmental Data analysis and data projection
Class 8 19-Mar Brooklyn Tech Ecosystem: Land use and Land Cover, Wetlands, Vegetation monitoring     GIS Project 3:  Use of environment (energy) data in GIS for mapping
  26-Mar   No Class Scheduled
Class 9 2-Apr Brooklyn Tech Guest Lecture: Water sustainability Quiz 2 Group Activity 3: Discussion on developing climate science and adaptation education  
Class 10 9-Apr CCNY Mapping (GIS): Introduction to basic use and analysis using ArcGIS for creating maps. Homework 3: Climate adaptation Video: GIS Application for earth science GIS Project 1: Explore Earth Science Resources and create map
Data link
Class 11 16-Apr CCNY Mapping (GIS): Use of environmental data for analyzing and creating graphs and maps, and importing satellite images.     GIS Project 2:  Use of climate data to produce maps using GIS software
  23-Apr   No classes (Spring Recess)
Class 12 30-Apr CCNY, Hudson river Field experiment trip 1 (during Class hour):   Water Quality experiment measurement of temperature, turbidity, salinity, pH, etc. Meeting at 145st @Hudson river park for water quality sampling and measurement.  (Location lap and direction map will be provided)  
Class 13 7-May CCNY * Work on Group research Project
* Hands on Activity on Ecosystem and Earth Science
Hands-on Science Experiment 4:  Vegetation (NDVI) measurement
Class 14 14-May CCNY Group Research Project Presentation Class will be divided in 2 groups and project will be assigned mid-semester, students will write report and present their research using PowerPoint slides.
Class 15 21-May Brooklyn Tech Final Examination


Tarendra Lakhankar, PhD, PE .
NOAA-CREST Center, The City College of the New York
ST-185, Steinman Hall, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Email: tlakhankar (at) ccny.cuny.edu Office: 212-650-5815  Fax: 212 650 8097