EC.719 / EC.789 (G) D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health

D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health

Image: High Tide at  Long Wharf, Boston (10-17-2016) showing tide at 11.8 feet above mean low water. Photo Credit: Julie Simpson. (Note: the average high tide in Boston is about 10 ft MLW, and we have had about 1 ft of sea level rise since most of the Boston waterfront was built.)


This course addresses mitigation and adaptation to climate change as it pertains to water and health. Water-borne illness, malnutrition, and vector-borne diseases represent the top three causes of morbidity and mortality in regions of our focus. These problems will worsen with increasing temperatures and urban overcrowding.  

Weekly seminars as well as readings and discussions, workshops/games and films tackle water/climate change/health challenges and explore solutions. Field trips include coastal watershed restoration, flood protection, carbon sequestration and zero carbon sites in the Boston area. Students submit a term project and/or teach a class, setting the stage for a life-long commitment to communicating climate science to a broad public. Human and planetary water and health solutions offer possibilities for a bright future. 

Team taught by Susan MurcottJulie Simpson, and Vin Gupta.

Course Information
Instructors: Susan Murcott, Julie Simpson
Semester Offered: Spring (Offered since 2016)
Lecture Location: N51-350
Lecture Times: T, R 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Units (credit hours) 3-0-9
Class Size: 20 students
Grading: A/B/C/D/F