Geography C135: Water Resources and the Environment

Geography C135
CCN: 36325
(3 units)
Laurel Larsen
Location: 145 McCone
Times: MW 12:30-2

Three hours of lecture per week. Distribution, dynamics, and use of water resources in the global environment. Water scarcity, water rights, and water wars. The terrestrial hydrologic cycle. Contemporary environmental issues in water resource management, including droughts, floods, saltwater intrusion, water contamination and remediation, river restoration, hydraulic fracturing, dams, and engineering of waterways. The role of water in ecosystem processes and geomorphology. How water resources are measured and monitored. Basic water resource calculations. Effects of climate change on water quantity, quality, and timing.