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TREX Course 1.091

The MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Traveling Research Environmental Experiences (TREX) three-credit field research course during Independent Activities Period (IAP). TREX (Course 1.091) provides CEE undergraduates with the opportunity to gain hands-on fieldwork and research experience in a global context. Past expeditions have generated enormous enthusiasm for learning about earth systems and determining how these systems can be managed in a sustainable way.

For the 2022 course, MIT students investigate Fissure 8 in the Leilani Estates on Hawaii. This was the site of a large volcanic eruption in 2018, which continues to emit sulfur dioxide and other gases years later. Students installed a sensor box to measure CO2 and particulate matter as part of a long-running study about the air quality in Hawaii. Check out our photo album from the trip below.

2022 TREX Course 1.091 in Hawaii