This course provides a comprehensive introduction to water resource distribution, dynamics, and usage, and to contemporary water resource issues and challenges. By the end of the course, students will have a physically based understanding of water movement in the terrestrial environment and how it impacts ecosystems, landscapes, and human society. Goals of the course are to provide students with the tools for thinking about and forming informed opinions of the most pressing water resource issues facing global society, to provide a foundation for further studies in quantitative hydrology, and to provide students with experience writing about, presenting, and researching water resource issues.
Final Projects Spring 2016
Students in the course work individually or in groups to create a final project that allows them to delve into a water resource issue of their choice. Several groups opted to create websites or multimedia products. Here are links to their work (author order is alphabetical).
- Is decentralization the answer to California’s water crisis? by Jason Allenstein, Alec Lian, Manuel Mikhaeilyan, and Angelica Salazar
- Water scarcity in Africa, by Kim Becerril, Kristen Chinn, Lily Woo, and Caryn Yip
- There’s something happening in the Areng Valley, by Kaitlin Blando, Monica Elizondo, Amy Huynh, and Sydney Johnson
- Desalination: The Future of Freshwater? by Parker Bohls, Megan Otsuka, and Nathan Park
- Water Grabbing, by Claudia Herbert and Audrey Koh
- California’s snowpack is in a state of decline, by Lauren Rehbein
- No More Flooding: A New Orleans-Netherlands Comparison, by Andrew Sims
- China South-North Water Transfer Project, by Ran Xin