The Hudson and the Harbour
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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: UENV 3702
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Environmental Studies
- Cities & Urbanization
This course offers a firsthand introduction to the geography, environmental history, and contemporary ecology of New York Harbor, its surrounding estuary, and the principal waterways--especially the Hudson River--that connect to it. Multimedia presentations and seminar-style discussion will address current research topics including the estuary's nutrient cycle, fisheries and other biota; sediment transport and deposition; contaminants and water quality; and the long-term outlook for climate change and sea-level rise. A secondary theme will be historical, emphasizing the harbor's contribution to the rise of New York City as an economic powerhouse; the role of the Hudson in the development of the American environmental movement; and, especially, the political complexities that have made the ecological restoration of the estuary so challenging. There will be at least two field trips.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to Undergraduate students.