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ES program at CMU

It is well recognized that rapid economic development brings with it serious environmental problems such as deforestation, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, pollution and climatic change. In most developing countries in Asia, environmental problems are arising faster than they did during the industrial revolution in the West. These problems often go undetected until it is too late to solve them.

The Environmental Science (ES) program provides students with the basic tools and concepts of environmental monitoring and emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment, analysis and solving of environment problems in developing countries. Students who successfully complete the program will be competent in such activities as pollution monitoring, land use planning, ecosystem rehabilitation and the preparation of environmental impact assessments for development projects.

Chiang Mai University, in Thailand's second largest city, is an ideal location for the study of environmental science. As a rapidly expanding city in a rapidly developing country, Chiang Mai is experiencing many environmental problems typical of those faced by other developing countries in Asia. The main campus adjoins Doi Suthep Pui National Park which contains a wide range of different tropical forest types where much of the ecological field work for the program takes place. Also, Doi Inthanon National Park, located around Thailand's highest mountain, is only a two-hour drive away.

  1. To develop the knowledge and technology needed to solve emerging pollution problems and to plan for their prevention.

  2. To carry out research to determine the fate of pollutants in ecosystems and to determine the risk of their detrimental effects on human health and agriculture.

  3. To train students in surveying and monitoring techniques to determine the original condition of ecosystems and to enable rapid assessments to be made for hazard prevention.

  4. To promote research to encourage the proper use of natural resources that minimize waste and hazards to health and the environment.