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Dominican Republic

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Climate Change Impacts and Policy in the Dominican Republic

FREC 3954
January 1 - 13, 2017

This study abroad course will use the Dominican Republic as a case study to introduce students to the impacts of climate change on key natural resources (e.g., forests, water, and biodiversity) as well as on key ecosystems (e.g., coastal areas). The impacts of climate change on agricultural production and people’s livelihoods will also be reviewed.

Emphasis will be placed on the development and implementation of climate change policies. In this course, students will learn about mitigation and adaptation strategies to decrease GHG emissions and reduce vulnerability to climate change. Students will meet with climate change government officials, environmental NGOs, and scientists. Students will explore the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate through field trips, hands-on experience, meetings, lectures, and readings.

Course cost

$3,400.00. Includes airfare, in country transportation, visa, all meals, travel insurance, and lodging expenses.

Registration deadline

September 30, 2016


Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.

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