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Venice Environmental Studies Program

Boston University Study Abroad


The Venice Environmental Studies Program focuses on the scientific underpinnings of the climate change problem and examines the effects it can have on our economic, social, and natural systems, highlighting the role of the main processes driving changes in the affected systems. It consists of two courses:

  • Global Climate Change: Science, Economics and Policy, focusing on the economic and social dimensions of climate change impacts, policy responses, and adaptation (Enrica De Cian and Catie Burlando);
  • Monitoring and Management of Coastal Wetlands, Lagoons and Estuaries,  focusing on coastal areas, which are one of the hotspots in terms exposure and vulnerability to climate risk, hosting the majority of population and economic activity around the world (Sonia Silvestri).

The program was launched in the Summer 2014, read more on BU Today.

During the Summer 2016 course we explored three cases studies highlighting the diversity of risk climate change can pose to different Italian ecosystems you can appreciate in the slideshow below.


PhD Program Science and Management of Climate Change

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


Methods and Tools for the Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Policies

The aim of the course is to introduce and teach economic and modeling methods and tools that can be used to study and design climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation policies. The course will focus on computational integrated assessment models (IAMs), a mainstream tool used in the economic evaluation of mitigation and adaptation policies, but it will also touch upon other methods and approaches that can be used and combined with IAM-based analyses.



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