Water in the Terrestrial Environment

Spring 2014

This is an introductory course on hydrology and water resources, designed for students from a broad variety of backgrounds. We will cover the science of the water cycle and how various human activities—including urbanization, agriculture, and human-induced climate change—impact the earth’s quantity and quality of clean water. We will also cover the role of water in current environmental issues, such as hydrofracking, nuclear waste disposal, dam building and removal, and ecological restoration projects. Students will gain a working familiarity with hydrologic terms and issues and a basic understanding of the tools and analyses used in common water quantity and quality assessments.

For information about the required reading and course schedule, click on the Syllabus link on the right. Please note that the syllabus is a work in progress and is subject to change.