In 2017, the US experienced 16 weather and climate disasters resulting in at least 362 deaths; each event cost businesses and taxpayers more than $1 billion (NOAA, 2018). Worldwide droughts, wildfires, flooding, landslides and cyclones lead to major casualties, destruction of homes, loss of livelihoods and billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure. The realities of changing climate are acutely felt by cities where dense populations and aging infrastructure lead to infectious disease outbreaks such as cholera and the inability of rescue workers to reach the sick and injured after natural disasters. Thus, there is a need for professionals that can understand and work across a multitude of disciplines for planning and preparedness.
Graduates in the Environmental Resilience and Adaptation concentration can expect to find positions in private industry, environmental consulting companies, city government (water departments and sustainability offices) and nonprofit organizations working in environmental justice and planning capacities.
Your capstone project is a culmination of your classroom, research and field experiences in the MES program. Your methods and results are unique to your professional and academic goals. Take a look at abstracts by recent MES students with a focus in this emerging field.
Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program creates a research poster designed to showcase their capstone project. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the field of Environmental Resilience and Adaptation.
- Calculating the Value of Nature & the Cost of Hurricane Harvey: Leverage Eco-Adaptation Valuation in American Policy & Practice by Karema Seliem ‘18
- Credit Downgrade Threat as a Non-regulatory Driver for Flood Risk Mitigation and Sea Level Rise Adaptation by John A. Miller ‘18
- Haddington Woods “Southern Species” Experiment: Comparison (February 2016-November 2017) of Southern Tree and Shrub Growth and Health in an Urban Setting by Amanda Wood ‘18
Sample Environmental Resilience and Adaptation concentration courses
In the Environmental Resilience and Adaptation concentration, you will choose from a wide variety of courses, from departments and graduate schools across the University. The following list provides some examples of courses that the program has approved for students to take as part of this concentration.
|Department of Earth and Environmental Science (MES Home)
|Penn Law School
|School of Design
|Wharton School of Business