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.