Engineering | Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE)

Carbon Management Courses

Are you interested in solving climate change problems?

Climate change has become a defining sustainability challenge for the 21st century. So far progress has been slow and all indicators suggest that greenhouse gas emissions will propel warming well beyond the 2°C warming considered by the IPCC as the upper limit in avoiding serious harm to humans and the environment.

At its essence, climate change is about carbon mobilization through fossil fuel consumption, and to a lesser degree through land use changes. Stabilizing the climate will require a new regime of carbon management, a new carbon economy, that can balance the worlds carbon budget and either avoid the use of fossil carbon or prevent it from accumulating in the environment.

Carbon management is a transdisciplinary challenge involving engineering, physical and social science as well as policy and legal issues addressed in three graduate courses:

On-campus

Fall 2017 Course: Carbon Capture, Spring 2019 Course: Carbon Storage

Carbon Capture and Carbon Storage

Fall:  Carbon capture, CEE 598 (82341) SOS 598 (82794)

Rethinking the world’s energy infrastructures
These courses on carbon capture will introduce major technologies to capture carbon dioxide from new or retro-fitted power plants, from other emissions occurring in industrial processes, and ultimately the capture of carbon dioxide from ambient air, to deal with emissions that cannot be addressed at the source.

Managing carbon dioxide emissions from past and future use of fossil fuels requires rethinking the world’s energy infrastructures. A balanced carbon budget is necessary for a stable climate. Carbon management is a transdisciplinary challenge involving engineering, physical and social science as well as policy and legal issues.

There will be a strong focus on technology issues, but because of the interdisciplinary nature, we will develop the basic concepts in class. No prerequisites beyond basic high-school knowledge of science is required.

Spring: Carbon storage, GLG 598, CEE 598 SOS 598

Technology and implications for managing carbon in the future
This class on carbon storage will present an overview over the various technologies for storing and disposing of excess carbon.

In addition to basic science and engineering challenges of each technology, the full spectrum of economic, environmental, regulatory, and political/policy aspects, and their implication for regional and global carbon management strategies of the future will be discussed.

There will be a strong focus on technology issues, but because of the interdisciplinary nature, we will develop the basic concepts in class. No prerequisites beyond basic high-school knowledge of science is required.

For further information and questions, please contact Shahrad Badvipour at Shahrzad.Badvipour@asu.edu.

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Online

Spring 2018 online course, Session B: Carbon Management

Carbon Management

Online: Carbon managers, SOS 494/598

Developing the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders: Carbon Managers
Stabilizing the climate will require a new regime of carbon management, a new carbon economy, that can balance the world’s carbon budget and either avoid the use of fossil carbon or prevent it from accumulating in the environment.

This online course on carbon management, which will be first offered in the Spring of 2018, will give an interdisciplinary overview of the emerging field of carbon management. It will explain the causes and risks associated with climate change, how managing carbon can reduce or eliminate these risks, and what technical options are available—including carbon capture and carbon storage—and their monitoring and verification. It will consider carbon sources and sinks, and the new carbon economy of recycling carbon.

For further information and questions, please contact Shahrad Badvipour at Shahrzad.Badvipour@asu.edu.

Download the course PDF