This course is for graduate students and professionals interested in water resources. We will explore the physical basis for water management to set the stage for addressing the social, economic, environmental, historical, and technical forces that have led to our current methods of water distribution, management, and policy in Colorado and around the world. A strong historical context will be used through the course. Colorado and the West will provide many examples for discussion; however, other areas of the US and the world will also be examined. Understanding the role of water in global conflict is critical for the 21st century and this important topic will be examined.
Written consent of instructor, graduate standing.
Each week, the course materials include a short video overview, a narrated slideshow, and a chapter to read from the textbook. Links to online resources are used throughout. Grades are based on online discussions, journal entries, 2 exams, and a research paper.
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Principles of Water Resources, 3rd Ed. (2010)
Glenn Patterson has worked and played in the field of water since 1974. He worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years, and has also worked for the National Park Service, the National Ecological Observatory Network, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group.
Learn more at: http://lamar.colostate.edu/~gpatter/