Sep 26, 2023
GEOL 2170 - Water Resources and Sustainability
Sustainability of water resources is complicated because groundwater and surface water are connected, and the use of water resources should be in a manner that can be maintained for an indefinite time without causing unacceptable environmental, economic, or social consequences. The course emphasizes the importance of water resources and its sustainable development in the 21st Century. Students will learn fundamental concepts and theories related to the occurrence, movement, storage, quality, and sustainability of water resources. They will also be exposed to real-world issues of water resources sustainability, e.g., water risks, contamination, remediation, health, economics and disputes;the water-energy nexus water security; and efforts to improve sustainability of water resources.
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2AS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Student will be able to combine information to construct and defend their own strategies for improving the sustainability of water resources in local and regional scales.
- Students will be able to analyze dynamics of groundwater-surface water interactions and evaluate their impacts on the sustainability of water resources.
- Students will be able to analyze vulnerability of water projects and its impacts on the sustainability of water resources.
- Students will be able to classify aquifer types and describe occurrence, recharge, and discharge, and differentiate flows of groundwater in porous and fractured geologic media.
- Students will be able to define sustainability of water resources.
- Students will be able to describe basic concepts of fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater resources.
- Students will be able to describe causes and consequences of water shortage in the 21th century and suggest/criticize solutions of their own and others.
- Students will be able to describe water trading and water privatization and evaluate their impacts on the sustainability of water resources.
- Students will be able to discuss and evaluate regulatory and remedial schemes of contaminants in surface and groundwater water resources.
- Students will be able to evaluate risks and management schemes of surface water resources.
- Students will be able to explain dynamics and interactions of the major components of the hydrologic cycle.
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