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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources (3) Perspectives on water as a resource and hazard for human society; water resource issues in environmental and regional planning.

GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Geography 431 is designed to help geographers, earth scientists, planners, other environmental professionals as well as non-science majors to develop an awareness and appreciation of the multiple perspectives that can be brought to studies of water as a resource and hazard, and of the ways in which resource-management decisions made in human society are strongly related to the availability, quantity, and quality of water. The course traces the hydrologic cycle as a cascading system, addressing factors contributing to flow of water through the system, models of each process, and how processes affect (and are affected by) other land use change and related resource decisions. The course then turns to issues of water resource management, including issues surrounding irrigation; dams and dam removal; provision of safe potable water; water quality including human and wildlife effects; the water economy including bottled water, privatization, and water as a free good; water law; institutions for water management at the global, national, regional and local scale; and issues of water for national security and international peace.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 6 credits in geography or natural sciences

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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