Conservation and Sustainability of Marine Resources

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Wilder
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 4 - Greenock - Tuesday, 8 July | Scotland
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course examines national/international governance of energy resources like offshore oil & gas, conservation of living marine resources such as via fisheries management, and protecting biodiversity. We address international Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and more recent thinking about conserving ecosystem structure and function. Readings specifically explore Scandinavian and European perspectives and concerns in managing ocean and coastal resources of their particular regions. More globally, issues of climate change and ocean acidification are also addressed – as are ‘solutions’ that might potentially be found such as marine protected areas, sustainable land-based renewable energy, and pollution prevention.

Field Work

Country: Scotland
Day: 4 - Greenock - Tuesday, 8 July

For our Field Lab during the Greenock Port Stop on July 8th, we will meet first at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (which has been named a ‘U.K University of the Year’) for discussions with Faculty members who are expert in environmental engineering, wind power, climate and eco-entrepreneurship. It is anticipated this includes with the University’s Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The University and the City of Glasgow are a notable setting. We next visit Whitelee Wind Farm near Glasgow, largest in the U.K. to tour the site and speak with representatives. One aim of this meeting is to discuss offshore & onshore wind issues such as their Habitat Management Plan, and how local views were addressed in its construction over years. We will spend time at the educational Visitor Center onsite – and discuss the nexus between low-carbon renewable energy ahead, and ocean health.

Academic Objectives: 1. Learn about issues stemming from Sustainable Energy given increasing growth globally. 2. Understand nexus of CO2 & climate change for Conservation and Sustainability of Marine Ecosystems. 3. Discuss engineering & wind at University of Strathclyde; then see firsthand largest Wind Farm in the U.K.