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Micrometeorology I

NRE 5105 - Micrometeorology I

Study of basic processes of the atmospheric boundary layer including turbulent flow and the exchanges of heat, water vapor, and pollutants.

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NRE 5110 - Micrometeorology II

Study of current literature on processes in the atmospheric boundary layer

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NRE 5115 - Field Methods in Hydrogeology

Field methods associated with ground water and contamination assessments. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 357.

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NRE 5125 - Environmental Measurements and Instrumentation

Principles that govern the selection and use of both field sensors and recording data systems for field research and environmental monitoring.

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NRE 5135 - Water Transport in Soils

Application of the principles of transport of water in soil for various physical properties of soils and fluids, initial conditions and boundary conditions. The differential equations describing the movement of energy and mass for both saturated and unsaturated flow conditions will be applied to soil evaporation and plant transpiration, infiltration and percolation of wetting fronts, and movement of tracers and chemical constituents of water. Both uniform flow and preferential flow will be examined.

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NRE 5145 - Environmental Biophysics

Gas laws and transport processes. Radiation environment. Momentum, heat, and mass transfer. Steady-state and transient energy balance. Microclimate of plants and animals. Physical and physiological interactions between plants/animals and their environment.

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NRE 5155 - Principles of Nonpoint Source Pollution

An advanced investigation of sources, impacts, modeling and management of nonpoint sources of water pollution.

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NRE 5165 - Advanced Ground Water Hydrology

Covers ground water resource assessment, management and protection, understanding the flow of ground water in fractured rock, application of tracer studies in evaluating flow conditions. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 355.

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NRE 5175 - Climate and Environmental Systems Modeling

Recommended preparation: Undergraduate Caculus I,II. How physical processes in climate and environmental systems – such as atmospheric motion, hydrological processes and transport of atmospheric constituents – are represented in numerical models. Topics include classification of numerical models, steps in climate and environmental (mathematical) modeling, conservation theories of mass and energy, mass balance equations, numerical techniques, and initial and boundary conditions.

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NRE 5200 - Sustainable Natural Resources Management

Explores social-ecological systems, including relationships between ecosystem services and human well-being and livelihoods; introduces systems theory for understanding disturbance, feedbacks, thresholds, directional change, adaptation and resilience in social-ecological systems; includes applied case studies in sustainable agriculture, fisheries, forestry, freshwater, marine, and wildlife.

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NRE 5205 - Decision Methods in Natural Resources

Aspects and methods of decision making for individuals, organizations, and institutions, including structured decision making, adaptive resource management, and organizational learning; concepts and techniques for managing risk and uncertainty, model-based and experience-based approaches to link alternative actions and consequences, tradeoff and optimization approaches, and monitoring and evaluation of resulting outcomes.

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NRE 5210 - Communications for Environmental Decision Makers

Methods and techniques for effective communication with diverse audiences using written, spoken, and digital media; includes conflict resolution, crisis situations, persuasion, negotiation, marketing and advocacy.

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NRE 5215 - Geospatial Techniques for Environmental Management

Introduction to collecting, managing, displaying, and analyzing geospatial data. Modules include geographic information systems (GIS), relational database management systems (RDBMS), Global Positioning System (GPS), geospatial modeling, geoprocessing tools.

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NRE 5220 - Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities and Regions

Principles of environmental planning with application to human health, natural areas, working landscapes, and built environments; basis and context for planning, including laws, regulations, zoning, compliance, uncertainty, and risk management.

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NRE 5252 - Physiology and Ecology of Trees

An examination of the interactions between trees and their environment at the molecular, individual and forest stand scales. Lectures and reviews of current research span at least two spatial scales of organization for each course topic. Course topics include tree carbon balance, water relations, mineral nutrition, morphology, genomics, phenology, climate change and modeling. Also offered as PLSC 5252.

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NRE 5325 - Wildlife Management

The application of ecological principles as practiced by natural resource agencies throughout North America.

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NRE 5335 - Advanced Stream Ecology

Advanced Stream Ecology is intended to introduce graduate students to the current state of knowledge and research in rivers and streams. Topics will include both basic structure and function of stream habitats and biotic assemblages as well as branch into the management and conservation applications of ecological information. Term project and paper is required. Instructor consent required – students with previous stream ecology coursework (such as NRME 3205) may take the course for 2 credits and attend the single weekly meeting. Students lacking a basic introduction to stream ecology may take the course for 3 credits and will attend NRME 3205 lectures in addition to the weekly meeting.

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NRE 5345 - Advanced Fisheries Management

Principles, practices, and current trends in fisheries science and management.

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NRE 5461 - Landscape Ecology

Interdisciplinary focus on the effect of landscape pattern on environmental processes and conditions and the influence of disturbance and underlying geomorphology on landscape pattern. Consideration of landscape ecology principles in planning and management of pattern and processes in which conservation and production land uses are intermingled.

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NRE 5555 - GPS Surveying

Theory and practice of global positioning system (GPS) surveying. Includes network design, control, geodectic coordinate systems, field collection of measurements, data processing, and interpretation of results.

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NRE 5565 - Digital Terrain Modeling

Theory and practice of digital terrain modeling. Topics include topographic surveying, topographic surface modeling, derivative estimation, and selected applications of digital terrain models. Suggested preparation: NRE 3252 (GIS), NRE 4545 (Introduction to Geodesy) or equivalent.

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NRE 5575 - Natural Resource Applications of Geographic Information Systems

The principles and applications of computer-assisted spatial data analysis in natural resources management will be covered. Both hypothetical and actual case studies of the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to solve natural resource problems will be discussed. Raster- and vector-oriented, microcomputer-based GIS software will serve as the hands-on tools for students.

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NRE 5585 - Geospatial Data Processing Techniques

Research approaches and techniques in geospatial analysis, enabling students to pursue integrated research in earth resources data geoprocessing applications. A variety of computer-based tools, including remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning satellie (GPS), will be utilized in the acquisition, analysis, and presentation of digital earth resource data and information.

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NRE 5605 - Environmental Data Analysis

Topics on natural resources and environmental data analysis, including: random variables and probability distributions, parameter estimation and Monte Carlo simulation, hypothesis testing, simple regression and curve fitting, wavelet analysis, factor analysis; formulation and classification of optimization problems with and without constraints, linear programming; models for stationary and non-stationary time series; solution of ordinary differential equations with Laplace transforms and Euler integration; solution of partial differential equations with finite differences; basics of modeling.

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NRE 5610 - Technical Writing and LaTeX

Students learn how to write technical articles and theses using the LaTeX document preparation system. Subjects include grammar, punctuation, technical-writing style elements, citations and bibliographies, plagiarism, and LaTeX. Students are required to install LaTeX on a computer in order to complete assignments. English language learners may take the course for three units with permission of the in-structor.

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NRE 5694 - Natural Resources Seminar

Active participation in weekly natural resources seminars given by invited speakers.

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NRE 5695 - Special Topics in Natural Resources

Advanced topics in the field of natural resources. Topics and credits to be published prior to the registration period preceding the semester offerings.

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NRE 5698 - Natural Resources Colloquium

Study and discussion of readings (journal articles, books, current research) on a selected topic in natural resources.

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NRE 5699 - Independent Study

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NRE 5800 - Graduate Seminar

The mechanism of presenting and moderating a professional presentation. Topics include: presentation, organization, speaking skills, use of media technology, formulation of questions, and moderator activities.Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.)

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NRE 6000 - Research Methods in Natural Resources

General research techniques, writing scientific articles and grant proposals, problem solving approaches, experimental design and modeling concepts, and research ethics.

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NRE 6135 - Small Watershed Modeling

Mathematical modeling of hydrologic processes in small watersheds and aquatic systems. Solutions of mass balance and flow relationships. Investigation of dynamic relationships among variables. Examples include: infiltration, overland flow, channel routing, chemical transport and transformations, surface-subsurface interactions and biotic growth and degradation.

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NRE 6175 - Ground Water Modeling Applications

Application of Modflow to ground water flow and contaminant problems. Well head protection modeling. Not open to students who have passed GEOL 356.

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NRE 6325 - Wildlife Ecology

A discussion of the principles upon which wildlife conservation is based.

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NRE 6450 - Teaching Practicum

Doctoral students in the Natural Resources: Land, Water, and Air program take primary teaching responsibility for a course under the supervision of a faculty liaison. May be repeated once for a total of 6 credits

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NRE 6695 - Special Topics in Natural Resources

Advanced topics in the field of natural resources.

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