Fall 2023 - GEOG 118 D100
The Water Planet (3)
Class Number: 3613
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 15, 2023
Fri, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Office: RCB 6141
Office Hours: TBD
An overview of the processes that control water supply to natural ecosystems and human civilization. Hydrologic cycle, floods, droughts, groundwater. Patterns of water use, threats to water quality, effects of global climate change on future water supplies. Water issues facing British Columbia. Breadth-Science.
Our home planet—Earth—is unique in the solar system for the abundance of surface liquid water. ‘The Water Planet’ invites students to an introductory study of the science of water and the hydrologic cycle, and the role water plays at the intersection of many of the world's largest societal and environmental challenges. The course emphasizes water issues in western North America and British Columbia in particular, and explores themes such as oceans, tides and tsunamis, precipitation and cloud seeding, dams and reservoirs, rivers, municipal water supply, fisheries, groundwater, glaciers, and forest health.
Lectures and in-class activities will take place during one ~3 hour weekly lecture period, for which attendance in-person is expected absent extenuating circumstances. This time will include traditional lecture delivery, short breaks, interactive exercises, and individual and group in-class assignments.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
- describe the physical processes responsible for the transfer of water within and between the components of the hydrologic cycle
- connect theoretical hydrologic concepts to current water issues, with particular focus on the impacts of humans and climate change on the water cycle
- think critically about the science behind disruptions to Earth systems.
- use Earth-systems knowledge to inform evidence-based thinking about environmental issues.
- In-lecture assignments (Synchronous) 15%
- At-home assignments (Asynchronous) 35%
- Mid-term exam (Synchronous) 25%
- Final exam (Synchronous) 25%
Readings will be provided via Canvas
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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