Climate change is sometimes described as ‘water change’. This course looks at how a changing climate will affect the water cycle including more floods and more droughts, less snow and more rain, changes in runoff timing, changes in water quality and changes in river flows. The course is designed to allow students to understand and anticipate these coming changes and to understand why climate change is so tightly linked with the water cycle. Both dry land and Irrigated agriculture will be impacted by the coming changes.
There are 4 objectives for the course. Upon completion, the learner should be able to explain
• how the global water cycle will change as the Earth warms,
• how Colorado’s climate and water cycle have already changed, and
• how it will change in the future, and
• how climate change will challenge existing water management.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Please note that there are no refunds for open entry courses.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Brad Udall is a Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar at CSU’s Colorado Water Institute. He was written extensively on climate change and the water cycle in the American West and especially on the Colorado River. He has participated in International, US and State Climate Change Assessments.