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The future demands civil engineering graduates have an appreciation for the climate-related challenges that lie ahead and that they are exposed to current solutions or, at least, means of mitigation for these anticipated dilemmas. In an effort to educate future civil engineering graduates from the United States Coast Guard Academy (CGA) on the global impacts of climate change, an elective course, Coastal Resiliency was introduced into the curriculum. The objective of the course is to provide exposure to the impacts of climate change and foster a general understanding of the analytical and adaptation methods used to improve the resiliency of civil engineering infrastructure. The course is structured to foster student focused learning by engaging students to research key issues of climate science and engineering adaptation that promotes the development of information literacy skills. The interdisciplinary make-up of the students and term project requirements reinforce the development of teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills. The use of a variety of learning techniques, and the infusion of global perspectives that includes how different regions of the world are addressing climate change and adaptation planning, has been particularly enriching to the student experience. The authors discuss how CGA has incorporated climate science into engineering education and how the course provides exposure to best practices used in civil engineering to promote infrastructure resiliency in a changing environment.
Fleischmann, C. M., & Jackson, H. V., & Maggi, B. (2020, June), Educating Engineers in Coastal Resiliency with a Global Perspective on Climate Change Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34489
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