GEOL 340

Water Resources

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective December 15, 2016 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Water use and management lie at the core of human civilization and of environmental quality. The first half of this course investigates the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of hydrology that determine the availability of water resources around the globe. The remainder of the course investigates the management of water resources in municipal and agricultural settings, wastewater management and treatment, water protection legislation, and water management case studies. The current and expected future impacts of climate change on water resources will be considered throughout the course.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Discuss the basic principles of hydrological science and their influence on the availability of water resources around the globe.
  • Engage in critical thinking about the effects of federal, regional, and local policy on water resources
  • Understand the role of applied and empirical science in informing water management policy
  • Analyze examples of effective water management practices and the factors that contribute to their success
  • Analyze examples of unsuccessful water management practices and the factors that contribute to failure
  • Interpret data concerning the impact of recent climate change, and Evaluate the anticipated impacts of future climate change on local and regional hydrology in the Upper Midwest and in other key regions of the world.