Summer 2010

SCIE 635
Water Resources and the Environment

Patton,Peter C.

06/28/2010 - 07/30/2010
Tuesday & Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Science Tower 309

This course will be an overview of the hydrologic cycle and will cover the basic principles of groundwater and surface water hydrology. The course will focus on case histories that illustrate important environmental issues related to our management and use of water and how our water use policies affect society. Topics will include the analysis of floods, flood management and long-term flood histories on river systems, drought and the impact of long-term climate change, impact of water withdrawal from groundwater systems, water quality and environmental degradation of water resources and governmental regulations as they apply to water resources.

Readings for this course will include Water in Environmental Planning, Dunne, T. and Leopold, L. B.; Applied Hydrogeology, Fetter, C.W.; Groundwater, Freeze, R.A., and Cherry, J. A.; and selected readings from the primary literature on case histories.

Grades will be based on a mid-term exam and a final paper.

This course is open to auditors.

This course is offered during the 5 Week session; the deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SCIE 635

Peter Patton is professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His research has focused on the hydrology and geomorphology of the Connecticut and Housatonic estuaries and the geologic development of the small coastal coves on the Connecticut shoreline. He has also studied the impact of catastrophic floods on river systems and the geologic history of river systems in semiarid climates. In addition to publications in scientific journals, he co-authored A Moveable Shore: The Fate of the Connecticut Coast (1991), with James Kent, an account of the geologic history and coastal processes active on the shoreline.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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Readings from a variety of sources will be distributed to students.

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