Starting in the 2004-2005 academic year‚ the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University began offering degree options in a new program called Atmosphere/Energy. This innovative program bridges the gap between these two disciplines. The degree options include:
- B.S. with an Individually Designed Major in Engineering: Atmosphere/Energy
- B.S. in Environmental Engineering with a transcript designation of Atmosphere/Energy
- M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a transcript designation of Atmosphere/Energy
- Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a transcript designation of Atmosphere/Energy
Atmosphere and energy are linked in two primary ways. First‚ fossil-fuel energy contributes directly to air pollution and climate change. Second‚ atmospheric winds‚ solar radiation‚ and precipitation are sources of renewable wind‚ wave‚ solar‚ and hydroelectric power. Because atmospheric problems can be mitigated best by increasing the efficiency with which energy is used‚ optimizing the use of natural energy resources‚ and understanding the effects of energy technologies on the atmosphere‚ the two areas‚ Energy and Atmosphere‚ are naturally coupled together.