About Terrascope and Mission 2013
Mission 2013: Solving Complex Problems (12.000) is a program for first year students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that challenges students to develop a cohesive, interdisciplinary solution to a complex problem. The challenge presented to the Class of 2013 was carbon capture and sequestration and the issues associated with sequestering enough carbon to stop the steady increase in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
The class is primarily student-driven with advice and oversight provided by Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (former Missioners) and alumni mentors from a variety of disciplines. However, it is we, the students, who determine the timeline of our semester and the particulars of our solution.
Over the course of three months, the goal and the method of obtaining the solution were developed and refined. As the semester unfolded, the class structure evolved from isolated groups dealing with particular aspects of the problem into a unified class containing knowledgeable individuals with regards to various solutions proposed.
The final solution which appears on this website results from the countless hours of work done by the class and would not have been possible without the following people:
Jennifer de Bruijnis
Sheldon W. Buck
Paul D. Jacobson
Chen Dan Dong
Alexander C Jordan
W. Victor Yarlott
Karine Tiemi Yuki