Eric Small: Using Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods in Geology 2001: Planet Earth at UNAVCO
About This CourseThe Earth System science course is intended for sophomore-level geology majors. University of Colorado is a large public research university.
Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 171kB Nov1 16)
The module was used to provide students with real world examples of how geodetic data can be used to quantify water stored in different components of the terrestrial water cycle. They learn the challenges and methods of measuring different aspects of the water cycle and gain better understanding of the very real societal hurdles to providing sufficient water for agriculture and communities, especially during droughts. By working with both traditional and geodetic methods for measuring the water system, they gain experience with methods over a range of time and space scales.
My Experience Teaching with GETSI MaterialsI did not use Unit 1 (background to water cycle), as that information was already embedded in the content used earlier in the semester. Units 2–4 were used in consecutive lab periods, with associated readings assigned prior to the lab period.
Relationship of GETSI Materials to My Course
The module was used in weeks 9–11 of the 15-week semester. An introduction to the water cycle preceded use of the module. The groundwater mining examples were central throughout the remainder of the semester, as we discussed resources and climate change.