Climate Change and Water

Climate change is altering the global hydrologic cycle and impacting aquatic ecosystems and water resources available for human use. This course will draw upon the physical science of hydrology, the biological science of ecosystem ecology, and the social science of water resource management. We will examine feedbacks between climate, land use change, and aquatic ecosystems. We will cover a broad range of water quality and quantity issues across spatial scales. We will end by discussing the challenges of meeting the human and ecological demand for water in a changing world.

Learning objectives:
  • Fundamental understanding of the links and feedbacks amongst the climate system, the hydrological cycle, and aquatic ecosystems
  • Appreciation of the role of science and scientists in making policy and management decisions
  • Understanding the use of data, models and uncertainty analysis
  • Professional skill development including quantitative analysis and effective scientific communication