Course Description :

Climate change and the supply of freshwater. Coupled socio-hydrologic feedback loops (systems dynamics models) and implications for water systems resilience. Urban water transitions theory and the evolution of water systems through time. Water productivity. Stormwater capture and reuse, green stormwater infrastructure, and ecosystem services. Decentralized water and wastewater treatment systems. Emphasis is placed on the social (equity), environmental, and technological context in which urban water systems operate. Advanced statistical computing is used to quantitatively explore urban water systems challenges. Pre: Graduate Standing. (3H, 3C)

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Critique methods to improve urban water system resilience.
  • Diagram urban water systems using systems dynamics models and identify common systems configurations.
  • Quantitatively evaluate systems dynamics models and interpret their results.
  • Debate the relative merits of centralized and distributed water infrastructure.
  • Define and calculate urban water productivity at different spatial scales.
  • Create causal chain diagrams using ecosystem services principles and quantitatively evaluate them.
  • Compare and contrast the historical and present roles of urban water infrastructure in the environmental justice
  • Apply advanced statistical computing to evaluate coupled systems of equations, perform network analysis and
    develop Bayesian Belief Network models.
Course Prerequisite :
Graduate Standing
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Semester Offered :