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This concentration examines the fundamental processes affecting the cycling of water through Earth's systems, water use and consequences of use, water quality, and the role of water in the functioning and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems.
Students receive an advanced understanding of the primary mechanisms that affect the water cycle and the interaction between the Earth’s spheres including the hydrosphere and atmosphere. In addition, students explore the role of policy and planning in mitigating and protecting environmental impacts of human actions on Earth’s water resources in a changing climate.
Quantitative methods of data analysis through estimating uncertainty, measurement of water use changes, water quality and assessment of aquatic ecosystem health are central to the water science concentration.
Upon completion, students will possess skills in quantitative methods of data analysis and interpretation in aspects of the Earth's water system, measurement of water fluxes and use, and assessment of aquatic ecosystem health.
Graduates will have the science-based training to contribute to decision-making about water management and water policy. They will be able to offer a broader perspective on water management issues as compared to discipline-specific scientists in hydrology, hydrogeology, climatology, and aquatic science.