University of Washington

SMEA 514 Marine Pollution Management
Special Themed: Oil in the Arctic: Decision Making Under Conflict and Uncertainty, Exploring the Environmental and Human Dimensions of Risk from Oil in a Changing Arctic

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:50am, (3 credits) | SLN 18905
Taught by Tom Leschine and Robert Pavia

The course will examine risks from marine transportation and oil development in the Arctic in the face of changing physical environments, ecosystems, and the human communities that depend upon them. The course provides understanding of theory and practice for environmental policy decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, social, and political conflict, in the context of Arctic development. Taught in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, students gain experience in addressing problems in the context of the real world requirements of an ocean management agency.

Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate* students from all schools and colleges.
For more information, the course flyer is attached.

Offered by the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs through the Future of Ice initiative of the Colleges of the Environment and Arts and Sciences.

* Undergrads will need an add code and must contact either Professor Leschine ( or Dr. Pavia ( to obtain a code and register for the class.

Arctic & International Relations
Box 353650
Thomson Hall, Room 503
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
T (206) 221-6374
F (206) 685-0668
Vincent Gallucci, Chair
Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director
Monick Keo, Webmaster